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Cherokee Chief Dogwood Tree

Cornus florida 'Cherokee Chief'

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Cherokee Chief Dogwood Tree

Cornus florida 'Cherokee Chief'

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Botanical Name

Cornus florida 'Cherokee Chief'

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The Cherokee Chief Dogwood is a graceful small tree with spectacular spring blooms of rosy-red on the bare branches in April. It is eye-catching and beautiful, and the perfect lawn specimen for a wonderful spring display. It grows in zone 5 and warmer, across the east and south, in all but the driest parts of the country. The blooms are much richer and deeper in color than other pink or red dogwoods, and even the leaves are flushed with magenta, especially in spring when they first emerge. In fall the leaves turn strong, deep shades of red, and this tree also has clusters of bright red berries in early fall. Its graceful, sweeping habit looks beautiful on a lawn, behind other shrubs, or under deciduous trees, where it thrives.

  • Stunning rosy-red blooms in April
  • Rich magenta-tinted leaves in spring and summer
  • Powerful deep red fall color and bright-red berries
  • More vigorous and drought-resistant than other forms
  • Perfect lawn specimen or woodland tree

Grow the Cherokee Chief Dogwood in partial shade or in northern areas in full sun. It grows well in most garden soils, and it thrives in rich, moist, well-drained soils too. Mulch with organic material to conserve moisture and enrich the soil. This variety of flowering dogwood is more drought-resistant than most others, and its vigorous growth makes it less susceptible to pests or diseases. No pruning is needed or advised, and this tree is easily grown in most gardens.