Friday, August 2, 2019
Plants in Early American Gardens - Bare Root White Flowering Dogwood
Cornus florida is an understory tree, native to eastern North America, which was introduced to American gardens by 1731. Philadelphia botanist and nurseryman John Bartram sold Cornus florida in 1783, and Thomas Jefferson included "Dog-wood" on a list of trees in 1771. Jefferson also made several shipments of seed to his Parisian friend, Madame de Tessé. Flowering Dogwood, the state flower of Virginia, is one of the most popular small trees for residential planting in the U.S.