Pink Dogwood

The pink dogwood trees are on each side of the cemetery which joins the park grounds. These two trees were donated to the park by Modern Woodman of the World in 2009. 

Pink Dogwood,  Cornus florida 'Rubra'

        

 Attributes: This is a good tree for planting near utility lines, next to buildings, or near patios. It is also an excellent contrast tree for larger evergreen backgrounds. The fruit is a favorite of songbirds.

Description: Biscuit-shaped flowers grace this low-branching tree. Berries are glossy, red and attractive to birds. In winter, gray stems and checkered bark contrast with snow. Prefers partial shade; acid, moist, well-drained soil. Grows to 25', 25' spread.

Wildlife Value: The Pink Dogwood is an important source of food for many small birds and mammals including robins, cardinals, and waxwings. Fruits persist through winter.

History/Lore/Use: A variety of the flowering Dogwood, this tree was first noticed and recorded by plant hunter Marc Catesby in 1731. The tree was soon cultivated and remains highly popular today.

Moisture: Moist, well-drained soil

Leaves: The leaves of this tree are opposite, oval or ovate, 3-6" long, dark green.

Flower Color: Pink flowers

Bloom Time: April-May.

Fruit Description: This tree produces glossy, red fruit eaten by birds when ripened in the fall.

 

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