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Video:How to Identify a Dogwood Tree

with Aubrey Franchell

Identifying a dogwood tree is a lot easier than you may think! Watch this About.com how-to video to learn how to tell it apart from other trees.See Transcript

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Transcript:How to Identify a Dogwood Tree

Cornus florida, or the flowering dogwood tree, is known for it's brilliant display of colorful blossoms in the early springtime. I'm Aubrey for About.com. Today I'm going to show you how to identify the dogwood tree, using tips from Forestry.About.com.

Location & Cultivation of Dogwood Trees

In the springtime, the elegant blossoms of the flowering dogwood tree can be seen dotting the Eastern Coast of the united states. The dogwood tree thrives in moist soil and partial shade. It doesn't do as well with intense heat or with prolonged, uninterrupted exposure to strong sunlight. In the wild, the tree often bares white blossoms. However, the flowering dogwood is commonly used for landscaping and can be found with white, pink, or red blossoms.

Dimensions of a Dogwood Tree

Overall, the flowering dogwood is a petite tree. On average it grows to about 10 - 30 feet in height with a 15 foot canopy. The branches grow horizontally and are low to the ground. The tree has a brownish gray bark, a thin trunk, and strong, hard wood.

Dogwood Tree Leaves

The leaves of the dogwood tree are often considered to be as beautiful and ornamental as the blossoms themselves. The tree erupts with green, ovate leaves in early springtime. The leaves transform into a beautiful, reddish hue in autumn.

Fruit From a Dogwood Tree

The dogwood tree produces a cluster of small, bright red berry-like fruit known as a drupe. Blossoms: The Cornus florida has flowers with large, round petals called bracts. The flowers can be found with white, pink, or red petals that are up to 2" in length.

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