Interesting Facts About Dogwood Trees
The Dogwood tree, or Cornus florida, is legendary for its beauty. The Dogwood blossom, a four pointed white blossom tinged with red at each edge, is the state flower of North Carolina, and has a rich history—both fact and legend—attached to the tree. The Dogwood tree blossoms appear in April and May annually, and may account for the legend attached to it that the blossoms, with their white interior and crimson red edges, denote the suffering that Jesus Christ endured two thousand years ago on the cross, and specifically the blood that was spilled from the Christ’s hands and feet during the crucifixion process. The devout view the tree as a spring reminder of the suffering, resurrection, and redemption that the Christian path offers the penitent. Others simply admire the Dogwood tree for its rich and reliable flowering beauty and cool shade in the summer of the hot Southern states.