The Cloud 9 Dogwood’s flowers bloom in abundance, decorating the tree as if in a cloud of glorious white petals. ‘Cloud Nine’ is an excellent flowerer when young that has overlapping, white bracts and a broad, spreading form.
When Cloud Nine Flowering Dogwood opens its profusion of cumulus cloud-white blossoms each year, it will be the most sensational spring event in your landscape—and probably in your whole neighborhood!
Perfect along the woods edge, in combination with azaleas and rhododendons or as a small, specimen lawn tree.
Cloud Nine Flowering Dogwood features showy clusters of white flowers with white bracts held atop the branches in mid spring. It has forest green foliage which emerges burgundy inspring. The pointy leaves turn an outstanding brick red in the fall. It produces red berries from early to late fall. The warty gray bark adds an interesting dimension to the landscape.
With year round interest, it offers white to pink spring flowers, distinctive, oval, vertically curved leaves, red to purple fall color and red winter berries.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.