Flowering Dogwood - Common Dogwood
Cornus florida
Cornaceae (Dogwood) Family

Plants is a small tree. Preferred habitat is thin woods, roadsides and at the margin of forests. Distribution is throughout the Escambia region.

Leaves are opposite; consisting of one whole part; short leaf stalks; widest at the middle, forming an angle to the left; tapering and sometimes pinched. Leaf base is wedge shaped.

Flowers are head-like clusters supported by four large pink petal-like bracts. Flowers are bisexual; symmetrical in shape; four sepals and four petals that are greenish yellow; four stamens. Flowers occur in the spring.

Fruit is a drupe.

The inner bark of the dogwood was once used as a remedy for fevers and malaria. The wood is extremely hard and is used for making handles, spindles and cabinetworks.

Pink Dogwood is not a true species. At some point in the life cycle of the dogwood (about every five years) it will blossom pink for one season and thereafter return to its native white. Pink dogwood seen in the domestic landscape is a hybrid.

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