Flowering Dogwood - Cornus florida

Native to USA

State distribution (USDA): AL, AR, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MO, MS, NC, NH, NJ, NY, OH, OK, PA, RI, SC, TN,TX, VA, VT, WV

A small deciduous tree commonly used as an ornamental due to it showy white flowers and oblong red fruits, the Flowering Dogwood ranges from 15 to 40 feet tall, with a 15 to 30-foot spread. The flowers bloom in spring and make the tree a fantastic backdrop for bird photography (as do the leaves, which turn a brilliant shade of red in the fall). Insects (the number one source of food for wild birds) and hummingbirds are drawn in by the flowers. The Flowering Dogwood  supports many species of butterflies and moths. The red fruits mature in fall and generally only last as long as the birds dictate, they are a particular favorite of the American Robin (though many birds will literally flock to eat them).   

Birds Most Commonly Associated with Flowering Dogwood

American Robin    Blue Jay     Brown Thrasher     Cedar Waxwing     Eastern Bluebird    Evening Grosbeak    Gray Catbird     Hermit Thrush     Insectivorous Birds     Northern Cardinal    Northern Flicker     Northern Mockingbird     Purple Finch     Red-Bellied Woodpecker     Wild Turkey     Yellow-Bellied Sapsucker              Yellow-Rumped Warbler