Cornus florida Cherokee Brave (Flowering Dogwood)
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Cornus florida Cherokee Brave (Flowering Dogwood)

Flowering Dogwood Cherokee Brave, Cherokee Brave Flowering Dogwood, Cornus florida 'Comco No. 1'


Cornus florida Cherokee Brave (Flowering Dogwood) is a large shrub or small deciduous tree adorned with a rounded canopy and elegant horizontal or tiered branches. In spring, profuse star-like blooms appear usually before the leaves. They consist of four narrowly pointed deep rose-red bracts that fade to white in the center. The blossoms give way to rounded, glistening red fruit in summer, which may persist until late in the year, unless devoured by hungry birds. In summer, its canopy of layered branches, clad with ovate green leaves, provides shade and beauty. In the fall, it offers spectacular bright color when its foliage turns brick red. Light gray and smooth when young, the bark becomes gray-brown and develops a distinctive pattern that looks like alligator skin as the tree matures, adding interest to the winter landscape. A magnificent landscape tree that is reported to be more drought tolerant than most flowering dogwood cultivars. Prized for its 4 seasons of interest, this red flowering dogwood is usually trained as a picturesque multitrunked tree, creating a wonderful landscape feature.

  • Grows up to 15-30 ft. tall (450-900 cm) and 25-35 ft. wide (750-1050 cm).
  • Performs best in part shade, in fertile, evenly moist, acidic to neutral, well-drained soils. Tolerates full sun but tends to be denser. Keep roots cool with a mulch in summer and provide shelter in exposed locations.
  • Generally pest free. Keep an eye out for cornus anthracnose and horse chestnut scale. Deer resistant.
  • Great choice as a specimen near patios or in lawns, in shrub borders, woodland gardens, or naturalized areas.
  • No routine pruning necessary. Remove diseased, damaged, congested or crossing shoots.
  • Propagate by semi-hardwood or hardwood cuttings or grafting.
  • Cornus florida species is native from Maine to southern Ontario to Illinois to Kansas south to Florida, Texas and Mexico.

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Requirements

Hardiness 5 – 9
Heat Zones 3 – 8
Climate Zones 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16
Plant Type Shrubs, Trees
Plant Family Cornus - Dogwoods
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early,Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 15' – 30' (4.5m – 9m)
Spread 25' – 35' (7.5m – 10.5m)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy, Fruit & Berries
Tolerance Clay Soil, Deer
Attracts Birds, Butterflies
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, Prairie and Meadow, Traditional Garden

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.


Requirements

Hardiness 5 – 9
Heat Zones 3 – 8
Climate Zones 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16
Plant Type Shrubs, Trees
Plant Family Cornus - Dogwoods
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early,Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 15' – 30' (4.5m – 9m)
Spread 25' – 35' (7.5m – 10.5m)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy, Fruit & Berries
Tolerance Clay Soil, Deer
Attracts Birds, Butterflies
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, Prairie and Meadow, Traditional Garden

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