Easter 2006
Dogwood
near full bloom.

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Facts at a Glance
Cornus florida

Planted Est. 1986
Planting height: 4'
Planting trunk: 1"

2006 Update
20-yr height: 20'
20-yr trunk: 30"

Mature Height: 15 to 30'
Spread: 15 to 20'
Growth rate: Moderate
Form: Layered, spreading
Flowers: White
Fall color: Wine red
Hardiness zone: 5 - 8
Culture: Partial sun

Best feature:
Flowers

Worst problem:
Anthracnose

Do over? No

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Walk Through Holy Week With Me: Legend of the Dogwood

Undeserving Protagonist

Julie's Forest: Growing Zone 6j

Thank God, I Stopped

My Dogwood and Me: Living With Anthracnose

Made It! (Almost)

I Believe!

What a Show!

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White Flowering Dogwood

DOGWOOD JOURNAL

Photographs and text by Julie Walton Shaver

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May 2005: This is a side yard tree with many functions.


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Anthracnose

This tree was diagnosed with anthracnose in June of 2004. See my Anthracnose Journal for how to prolong the life of a dogwood with this disease.


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March 2006

I started watching the Dogwood this year
in late March to see if it would
be in full blossom by Easter, April 16.

Top left, April 2. Above, April 13.
Left, April 15.


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Above and right, Dawn, Easter Sunday......


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After Easter Services.

Technically, the tree didn't quite make to it full blossoming by Easter;
the petals are still green and not quite fully extended, but it's close enough for me!

See "Legend" on the detailed facts page for an explanation of how the
blossoming tree ties to the Easter story.


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By April 23, 2006,
the tree was in full bloom and looking gorgeous in a drenching rain.

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May 6, 2006
Three full weeks of blossoming.
Who could ask for more?


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Champion
This is one of my
all-time favorite photographs.

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Blossoms in 2004


Top left: From the upstairs
window in April --
my sons were playing
in the sideyard below.

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Seasons
While I do like the blossoms, the dogwood is pretty, and functional, in all seasons.

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Spring 2005
The tree's abundant leaves provide a barrier between our house and the neighbor's.
In spring, summer and fall, the leaves are so pretty from the dining room windows. In winter, the sun streams in, warming the room in more ways than one.

   

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Summer 2004
The dogwood shades the air-conditioner.

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November 2005
And provides a cozy carpet in fall.
 



Creatures

Squirrels eat the berries, (this picture from November, 2005) and they seem to love to climb in this tree, looking into the windows and tantalizing Kaptain Karl, our ferocious cat.

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May 4, 2006


Kaptain Karl watches someone in the
dogwood, a Cardinal I think, from the
upstairs window. The dogwood is clearly Karl's
favorite tree. Must be a cat/dog thing.

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Some years the tree turns wine red,
as in this picture from November 2003;
other years, a mixture of reds, yellows and oranges.

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Winter
The spring buds
are present throughout winter.
Sometimes the squirrels
eat them. (January 2005)

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I took these pictures during the
blizzard of February 12, 2006.
I'm not a big fan of snow, but it does
make things interesting for a while.

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And Now Back to Spring
From underneath a blossom at dawn, May 2005.

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. . . and fall. (Berries on Sept. 23, 2005)
 


See the Dogwood Growth Chart
For Julie's detailed comments, see the Dogwood fact page
My Dogwood has anthracnose. See my anthracnose journal
Read the latest Tree Grower's Diary blog entry


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