The Dogwood (Cornus florida) is a true North Carolina native. The early spring bloom of the flowering dogwood tree is the official state flower of North Carolina. A favorite tree for many gardeners because it has something to offer in every season. The natural environment of the dogwood is an understory tree, meaning it does best in the filtered light of larger hardwood or pine trees.
While Cornus florida is an excellent native species selection, there are many other species of dogwoods that perform well and offer a wide array of size and blooms options.