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Cherokee Princess Dogwood

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Cherokee Princess dogwood is known for its consistency. It regularly produces abundant flowers early in the season.

 

Deservedly one of the most popular American Dogwoods, Cherokee Brave™ offers a bit of extra beauty for every season.

 

Large red blooms, spring and fall foliage changes, and ornamental berries all contribute to its popularity as an understory or specimen tree in the
landscape.

 

Many gardeners consider this species the aristocrat of small flowering trees, and this claim is not unjustified.

 

The handsome 3-to 4-in.-diameter, white flowers open in April and May, usually before the leaves, and are the envy of every landscape plant.

The Snow White Flowering Dogwood tree, Cornus florida, 'Cherokee Princess', exhibits a early and heavy white flowering habit. It is an erect growing white flowering dogwood with a straight central leader that displays four inch flowers.

The fall color of the upper leaf surface of the Cherokee Princess Flowering Dogwood is dependably red or red-purple, but the lower leaf surface still retains a silvery hue for a bicolor effect. This deciduous flowering dogwood tree is an excellent ornamental tree.

 

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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