What’s in Bloom: Dogwood
From Matthaei-Nichols Woody Plants and Trails Technician Chad Machinski: Cornus florida, also known as flowering dogwood, is going off right now!
This small native tree has been around the nursery trade for some time due to its many varieties. It can be identified by its upswept branches, opposite leaves, and in the winter, its garlic-bulb shaped bud. Although you may think those are white flowers, they’re actually called bracts. The flowers are the greenish clusters at the center of the four bracts.
This tree is typically found in the understory of a wide variety of forests. Its leaves contain a high concentration of calcium, which encourages rapid decomposition.
Photos by Chad Machinski @chaadmm
Sources: Michigan Trees and Shrubs by Barnes and Wagner