Dogwood Tree Facts
- Common Name: Flowering Dogwood Tree
- Species Name: Cornus florida
- Genus: Cornus
- Order: Cornales
- Family: Cornaceae
- Type of Tree: Flowering Tree
16 Dogwood Tree Facts for Kids
- The dogwood tree is a small flowering tree species in the Cornus genus.
- The common name for the dogwood tree is the flowering dogwood.
- The scientific name for the dogwood tree is Cornus florida.
- Botanists recognize two subspecies of the dogwood tree (Cornus florida).
- The dogwood tree is a deciduous tree, which means it loses its leaves seasonally.
- The lifespan of a dogwood tree tops out at around 80 years.
- The average height of a dogwood tree is around 33 feet.
- The average diameter of a dogwood tree trunk is 1 foot.
- The leaves of the dogwood tree have an ovate shape.
- The leaves of the dogwood tree have a length between 2 and 5 inches.
- The leaves of the dogwood tree have a width between 1.5 and 2.5 inches.
- The flowers of the dogwood tree can be red, pink or white.
- The fruit of the dogwood tree is red to yellowish red.
- The dogwood tree contains both male and female reproductive organs. This allows it to self-pollinate and means it can produce seeds on its own.
- The fruit of the dogwood tree is a popular food source for many different bird species. The birds who consume these seeds help disperse them through their feces.
- The roots and bark of the dogwood tree were used by Native Americans to treat malaria.
Pictures of the Flowering Dogwood Tree
A picture of a few flowers on a blooming dogwood tree.
A picture of a row of blooming dogwood trees.
A picture of some wild growing dogwood trees.
Additional Resources on the Dogwood Tree
- About the Dogwood Tree – Find more facts and information about the dogwood tree on the Tree Center website.
- Dogwood – Cornus florida – Read more cool facts and stats about the dogwood tree on the Wildflower Center website.
- Flowering Dogwood – Visit the University of Florida website to discover more facts about the flowering dogwood tree.
- Dogwood – Britannica Kids – Discover more about the dogwood tree (Cornus florida) on the Britannica Kids website.