Flowering Dogwood ‘Appalachian Spring’

Arbor walk #53

Often claimed as the most beautiful of North America’s native flowering trees, the Flowering Dogwood is the state tree of both Missouri and Virginia. It’s early-spring blooms of showy white petals surrounding tiny clusters of yellow dogwood flowers, are among the trees most dramatic characteristics. Its bright red fruits are attractive to birds but inedible to humans. ‘Appalachian Spring’ is a cultivar of this tree found growing wild near Camp David Presidential Retreat in Maryland which boasts near 100% resistance to Anthracnose, a disease which has caused considerable devastation of the Eastern U.S. Dogwoods.

Name Flowering Dogwood ‘Appalachian
Latin Name Cornus florida ‘Appalachian Spring’
Type Native Cultivar
Diameter 3.5″ caliper
Color of Leaf Pale green
Shape of Leaf Simple rounded with a pointed tip
Color of Flower White
Shape of Flower 4 large bracts
Fruit Characteristics Bright red fruit
Bark Characteristics Gray brown and blocky
Foliage Type Deciduous

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