C. alba 'Argenteo-marginata'
C. alba 'Sibirica'
C. sericea, also called C. stolonifera
C. sericea 'Flaviramea'
The flowering dogwood, C. florida, a species native from New England to Florida and Texas, is one of the outstanding flowering trees in the United States. It eventually grows to a height of 15 to 30 feet with a spread of 15 to 20 feet. Its 3- to 5-inch flowers are borne in mid spring before the leaves open. The blossoms are usually white, and each petal has a distinctive notch at its tip. Small clusters of shiny red berries 1/4 inch in diameter are borne at the ends of the twigs in late summer and fall.
The leaves, 3 to 4 inches long and 2 to 3 inches wide, are
pinkish green when they open, then turn medium green in summer and red in fall. The bark
of the flowering dogwood is also distinctive: it is nearly black, and on old trunks, is
deeply furrowed in a checkerboard pattern. There are a number of particularly good
white-flowering varieties. Among them are 'White Cloud' and 'Cherokee Princess', both of
which are known for their profusion of flowers; 'Welchii', whose leaves have creamy white
and pink markings; C. florida 'Rubra', a pink blossoming tree with flowers
ranging from blush white to deep pink; 'Apple Blossom' with medium pink flowers and
'Cherokee Chief' with very dark pink flowers.