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Cherokee Chief Dogwood Tree

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Cherokee Chief® Flowering Dogwood is a captivating small tree you’ll want to plant outside your living room, dining room, or kitchen window, so you can enjoy it all year long.

In spring, you’ll watch this king of ornamental trees blanket itself in coral-pink to white flowers the size and shape of butterflies perched on the branch tips. Summer brings lush green foliage to shade an intimate space for dining, playing, or relaxing. Deep red leaves follow in fall, but wait—there’s more!

Songbirds will return again and again to the Cherokee Chief® Dogwood Tree Café to gather the glossy red fruits in autumn and winter.

It’s a 365-day nature show, and you’ll have a front-row seat!

The most popular of the red dogwoods. Good red flower color along with red foliage in the fall make this a good choice to add color to any landscape.

 

The sight of a dogwood in bloom makes a nature lover out of even the most hardhearted curmudgeon. In a native flora liberally sprinkled with springtime flowering trees, the dogwood stands out as our most beloved symbol of spring. Though white is its main color, pink forms also occur.

 

Dogwoods do best in some shade and rich soil, but can adapt to a variety of conditions with proper care.

 

Planting Your Dogwood

 

Step 1:

Select an area of the garden for your pink dogwood. Unless you plan to prune the tree to limit its size, the space should be large enough to accommodate the tree's mature size: 15-to-30 feet tall and wide. Dogwoods can grow in full sun but prefer a site with dappled shade.

 

Step 2:

Amend the soil, if needed. Dogwoods need slightly acidic, well-drained soil that is rich in organic matter. If your soil doesn't meet these conditions, amend it with compost before planting your dogwood.

 

Step 3:

Soak your tree in a bucket of water for four hours before planting if you've purchased a bare-root dogwood. For a container-grown tree, water it thoroughly before you remove it from its container.

 

Step 4:

Dig a hole for your flowering dogwood. The planting hole should be as deep as and twice as wide as the roots of your dogwood.

 

Step 5:

Make a mound in the center of your planting hole. The mound should be tall enough so when the tree is set on it, the part of the tree where the roots join the trunk sits slightly above ground level. Spread the roots of the tree evenly over the mound and fill in the hole with the soil you dug out earlier. As you fill, press the soil lightly to firm it around the roots.

 

Step 6:

Water the tree thoroughly and place a 4-to 6-inch layer of mulch around the tree. If necessary, stake the tree to hold it straight. Over the first year, water the tree regularly and don't let the soil dry out.

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