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Cornus florida ‘Cherokee Sunset’ (Flowering Dogwood)

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Cornus florida ‘Cherokee Sunset’ (Flowering Dogwood) is a large shrub or small deciduous tree adorned with a rounded, symmetrical canopy and elegant horizontal or tiered branches. In spring, profuse star-like blooms usually appear before the leaves. They consist of four narrowly pointed whitish-pink bracts that surround the center cluster of tiny green flowers. 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 elegant canopy of layered branches, clad with oval, variegated green leaves, provides shade and beauty. Opening with a delicate pink margin, the leaves form a broad and irregular yellow margin as the season progresses. In the fall, it offers spectacular bright colors when its foliage turns attractive shades of pink, red, and purple. 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 more heat tolerant and disease resistant than the species. Prized for its four seasons of interest, this red flowering dogwood is usually trained as a picturesque multitrunked tree, creating a wonderful landscape feature.

  • Grows up to 20-25 ft. tall and wide (600-750 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 mulch in summer and provide shelter in exposed locations.
  • Deer resistant.
  • Great choice as a specimen near patios or lawns, in shrub borders, woodland gardens, or naturalized areas.
  • No routine pruning is necessary. Remove diseased, damaged, congested, or crossing shoots.
  • Dogwoods are susceptible to a range of pests and diseases.
  • Propagate by softwood cuttings in summer.
  • 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 Cornaceae
Genus Cornus
Common names Flowering Dogwood, Dogwood
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early, Mid, Late)
Summer (Early, Mid, Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 20' - 25'
(6.1m - 7.6m)
Spread 20' - 25'
(6.1m - 7.6m)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Average
Soil Type Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy, Fruit & Berries
Tolerance Deer, Clay Soil
Attracts Birds, Butterflies
Garden Styles Prairie and Meadow, Informal and Cottage, 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.
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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 Cornaceae
Genus Cornus
Common names Flowering Dogwood, Dogwood
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early, Mid, Late)
Summer (Early, Mid, Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 20' - 25'
(6.1m - 7.6m)
Spread 20' - 25'
(6.1m - 7.6m)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Average
Soil Type Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy, Fruit & Berries
Tolerance Deer, Clay Soil
Attracts Birds, Butterflies
Garden Styles Prairie and Meadow, Informal and Cottage, Traditional Garden
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