List of Trees 1-30

Dogwood/Flowering Dogwood

Cornus florida L.

Family Cornaceae


The amazing "flowering dogwood" (there are other dogwood trees) is ubiquitous throughout the south. It is an understory species that prefers the shade of a larger tree. The flowers are quite showy even though most are white. It is one of the few trees that have simple, opposite leaves. The tree can be distinguished in the winter by the rough "alligator hide" bark. It has been used in the production of inks, dyes, and even as a quinine substitute.