Cornus florida 'Appalachian Joy' (Dogwood) branches in summer
Glossy, attractive foliage of Cornus florida 'Appalachian Joy' (Dogwood)

Cornus florida 'Appalachian Joy' (Dogwood) Unity Grown

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Developed by the University of Tennessee's dogwood breeding program, Cornus florida 'Appalachian Joy' is an improved cultivar of flowering dogwood, a native, flowering tree species considered to be among the most spectacular flowering trees in United States at springtime. Noted for its slightly compact habit, increased hardiness, and increased resistance to both powdery mildew and dogwood anthracnose, the 'Appalachian Joy' cultivar is typically single-stemmed and typically grows to approximately 15-20' tall with a mature, rounded spread of about 15-20'. In spring, 'Appalachian Joy' is covered by a profusion of long-lasting, beautiful white flowers composed of soft modified leaves called bracts; while most flowering dogwoods have strictly four bracts per flower, Cornus florida 'Appalachian Joy' is considered a "supernumerary" cultivar, meaning it sometimes possessed flowers with up to 8 petals!

Flowers set in early spring before leaves appear, and are followed by dense, attractive green foliage and pretty, bright red fruits in summer which are attractive to a number of bird species. In the fall months, persistent berries add further aesthetic appeal when autumn foliage turns to beautiful, bright shades of crimson and maroon. 'Appalachian Joy' prefers full sun to part shade, but may grown best as an understory or forest margin tree in well drained soils or as a specimen tree in partial shade. Additionally, since flowering dogwood can be sensitive to temperature swings, you can provide a 2-4" layer of mulch to help keep the roots cool and moist through hot summers.

Native to U.S., Native to Maryland, and Native to Eastern Shore
Mature Tree Height: Medium: 15 to 30 feet
Deciduous
Sun (6+ hours) and Part Shade/Sun (4-6 hours of sun)
Soil Moisture: Medium and Well-drained
Soil Type: Rich Organic Matter, Acidic, and Average
Bloom Time: Spring
Flower Color: White
Foliage Color: Green
Features: Attracts Birds, Attracts Butterflies, Attracts Pollinators, Attracts Wildlife, Host Plant for Butterflies or Moths, Fall Color, and Keystone Plant
Tolerances: Black Walnut Tolerant, Clay Soil Tolerant, and Deer Tolerant
Garden Type: Woodland Garden, Specimen Tree, Shade Tree, and Pollinator Garden

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