Cornus florida 'Cherokee Brave' (Flowering Dogwood)
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Cherokee Brave® Flowering Dogwood is a captivating small specimen tree you’ll want to showcase in your garden to have both indoor and outdoor views. In spring, you’ll watch this gem of ornamental trees blanket itself in coral-pink to white flowers the size and shape of butterflies perched on the branch tips. Summer brings lush green foliage to shade an intimate space for dining, playing, or relaxing. Deep red leaves follow in fall but wait—there’s more! Songbirds will return again and again to gather the glossy red fruits during the autumn and winter season, 365-day enjoyment!
Cherokee Brave® couldn’t help but be noticed when it appeared on the scene. A chance seedling at the nursery of the late Hubert Nicholson of Decherd, Tennessee, it quickly outpaced its siblings, growing one and a half times as fast as other red-blooming Dogwoods. Its leaves were bigger, too, and the new growth was infused with rich purplish-red tones. In time, other distinctions became apparent—most importantly, the new tree seemed to have built-in defenses against powdery mildew and anthracnose. It was awarded a patent in 1997.