Come! Ms. Dunlap will give two talks at the CNPS Conservation Conference Feb. 1-3 in LA!

One regarding a database of 3,700 nectar plants (& how to collect images to benefit pollinators), and the other regarding
a prototypical key incorporating a novel plant identification system that produced an order of magnitude improvement.

Cornus florida var. florida

Family: Cornaceae

Common names: CORNEL, DOGWOOD

Synonyms: Cornus florida f. rubra, Cornus florida rubra

Native to: Eastern North America

Sentiment: love undiminished by adversity


Type: tree

Forms: erect, spreading

Leaves deciduous

Max height: 32.8 feet

Max width: 32.8 feet


blue/green, secondary color present




Attracts wildlife: adult butterfly, bird, specific butterfly species

Bird species attracted to plant: 98 species

Plant part consumed by birds: fruit

Bird uses plant for shelter or cover or cavity: cover

Plant features: deciduous

Exposure: part shade, sun

Propagates by: seed

fall color

flowers in spring

Soil type: well drained

USDA Zones: zone 7 to 0 f, zone 8 to +10 f, zone 9 to +20 f

Temp. range: 0 to +30 °F

Water: regular

Butterflies that feed on this plant

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  • Cornus florida rubra  6260020
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  • Cornus florida rubra  6260024
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  • Cornus florida rubra  weg0054
  • Benthamidia florida
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  • Cornus florida 44
  • Cornus florida 9
  • Cornus florida
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  • Cornus florida 003
  • Benthamidia florida 9
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