Flowering Dogwood

 Latin name: Cornus florida

The state flower of Virginia, this white flowering dogwood should reach a height of 15 ft. and a width of 15-20 ft. It blooms in the spring, and usually remains showy for 2-3 weeks. The inflorescence consists of four showy petal-like bracts surrounding a cluster of tiny inconspicuous yellowish flowers. The bracts are 1-2 in long and obovate in shape, usually with a cleft at the tip. Clusters of bright red football shaped fruits, about a half inch long, follow the flowers.

Reed Square has three dogwoods. The large one right of the crape myrtles was was donated by Robyn Brickner Krassas in memory of her husband, Steve Krassas.

The dogwood’s flower.