Cornus florida 'Cherokee Brave' (Flowering Dogwood) grown in 10-gallon pots.
Dark pink flowers of Cornus florida 'Cherokee Brave' dogwood

Cornus florida 'Cherokee Brave' (Flowering Dogwood)

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Cornus florida 'Cherokee Brave' is an ornamental cultivar of flowering dogwood, a native, flowering tree species considered to be among the most spectacular flowering trees in United States at springtime. The 'Cherokee Brave' cultivar can be multi- or single-stemmed but typically grows to approximately 15-30' tall with horizontal branching out to a spread of about 25-35'. In spring, while other flowering dogwood cultivars put on spectacular white-flowering shows, Cornus florida 'Cherokee Brave' puts on a truly show-stopping floral performance with its profusion of flowers with long-lasting red, pink, and white bracts; flowers are highly attractive to butterflies and other polllinators.

Once flowers are established, they are followed by dense, attractive green foliage and 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. 'Cherokee Brave' grows best in full sun to part shade, but definitely benefits from protection against harsh full sun; for this, flowering dogwood can be planted as an understory or forest margin tree in well drained soils. 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 in hot summers.

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

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