Cornus florida (KOR-nus FLOR-eh-duh)
Deciduous Shade to part shade Height 20 feet Spread 20 feet Spacing 15 - 20 feet
HABIT: Graceful, layered structure. Pink or white flowers in spring. Red fall color.
CULTURE: Needs loose, acid, well-drained soil. Needs plenty of moisture but drainage is a must. Will do best in beds with heavy percentage of organic material.
USES: Ornamental tree, spring flowers, red fall color. Excellent choice for Houston gardeners.
PROBLEMS: Cotton root rot, borers in unhealthy plants. Will normally be chlorotic in high pH soils.
NOTES: Would not be considered a low-maintenance plant. This tree is native to acid, sandy soils like those in East Texas. Many improved cultivars available.