White Dogwood Tree

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Product Description

This beautiful flowering White Dogwood tree was picked as Missouri’s state tree and is one of the most spectacular of the native American flowering trees on the market.

This variety of flowering dogwood is a deciduous tree. It is a small dwarf dogwood variety that typically grows 15 to 30 feet tall and 15 to 25 feet wide as an established dogwood. It has low-branching, broadly pyramidal but flat-topped growth habit. The white dogwood tree growth rate is slow to moderate growing about 1 foot per year as a newly planted tree.

The white flowering dogwood tree will bloom in early spring with an overlapping flower bloom period with the redbud trees. In the fall, the medium sized flowers will turn into dark red berries and bright red fruit for wildlife including deer, several species of birds, and squirrels. The foliage turns a deep purple red to signify the start of the fall season.

The dogwood flowers are tiny, yellowish green and shapes like dainty button-like clusters. Each flower cluster has four showy, white, petal-like leaves which open flat. This gives the appearance of a single, four-petaled, white bracts. It is also the state flower of North Carolina since 1941.

The reddish-brown wood is extremely hard and shock resistant, perfect to make handles for tools such as chisels or golf club heads..

Planting White Dogwood Tree

Plant our White flowering Dogwood Tree at ground level to accentuate any landscape with its green leaves and beautiful white blossoms. Dogwood grows best in USDA plant hardiness zones 5-8 of the United States.

Plant this Dogwood Cornus Florida tree in moist, acidic soil types that is well drained soil for best results. This ornamental tree grows in drought tolerant areas but be sure to water thoroughly the first year of planting to establish a strong root system. A 2-3 inch layer of organic matter or mulch will help to retain moisture.

The dark green foliage will provide year round interest if planted in full sun to partial shade. The best time to plant trees is in early spring or summer so it has the whole growing season to establish.

Dogwood Tree Care

It is only necessary to prune dogwood trees to maintain desired size and shape. Cut back dead or diseased branches in early spring before the active growing season begins.

Although they are relatively free of pests and diseases, the Dogwood Borer pest sometimes does attack young dogwood trees. If left untreated it could be fatal. Insecticide may be needed to treat extremely bad cases. Apply a slow release fertilizer to the root ball to encourage growth and protect against fungal diseases such as leaf spotting and powdery mildew.

The dwarf White Dogwood Tree is easy to grow and brings a native tree back to its homelands of North America. Also check out the Pink Dogwood Tree for beautiful pink flowers.

This tree does not ship bare root. It is rooted in a container with soil for the health of the tree during shipment. Shop the White Dogwood tree for sale.

Dogwood Tree Growing Guide coming soon.

Botanical Name

Cornus florida

Sunlight Full Sun / Partial Shade
Flower Color White
Foliage Color Green
Mature Height 15-30 ft
Mature Width 15-25 ft
Growing Zones 5, 6, 7, 8 Growing Zones
Special Features
  • Showy flowers
  • Native tree
  • Low maintenance
  • Drought tolerant

Shipping Info

Once your White Dogwood Tree order is placed, we will ship your plant(s) within seven business days year round unless during the checkout process you request otherwise in the space provided to do so.

Perfect Plants’ shipping specialists carefully package your plants using a proven packaging method that ensures your plants arrive healthy, colorfully alive and ready to flourish. We’ve coined the term ‘upside down box test’ and we do just that; we carefully package so that regardless of the direction your box is handled, it will not harm your precious plant that’s inside.

upside down test

No shipping process is without a problem from time to time. On rare occasions some plants may experience some of the following during their transit: drooping, minor leaf-loss and/or minimal yellowing/discoloration, minor limb damage, etc. These instances are quite rare, but can happen when shipping plants in boxes.

Plants normally recover within a few weeks after planting. If a damaged box has injured your plant on the inside, please notify us within 5 days of receiving you package(s) by emailing us a photograph of the damage.

We always do our very best to ensure that your plants are packed and shipped in the safest, gentlest and most effective way possible.

Will my plants and trees look like the photographs?

Absolutely! Unlike other online nurseries, our photos are of actual plants and trees we’ve grown here, on our family operated nursery.

our story Lloyd nurseryGrowing our own plants and trees helps to ensure we ship you the best quality plants that are free of pests and diseases.

Your plants and trees may however not ship with flowers on them, like the photographs. This all depends on the time of year you buy your plant or tree. Crape Myrtle trees, for example, only bloom during the summer months, so if you purchase one during the spring or fall, they would ship without flowers. Once planted, your plants will grow and thrive giving you flowers for many years to come!

Pot Sizes

Pot sizes (commonly referred to in gallons) are shipped in the same size nursery trade pots which may vary in actual volume. Some plants may have been at the approximate pot size listed, but require excess dirt to be removed so that you will not be paying any additional shipping costs. This doesn’t happen very often though.

Shipping Fees

Our shipping charges are based on the value of your order.  Please use the chart below to see what your shipping charge will be.

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Dogwoods prefer well-drained soil that is lightly acidic. White Dogwoods are not particularly sun and heat tolerant, especially in the Southern climates and should be planted in an area that provides afternoon or filtered shade. They are drought tolerant once established but should be watered regularly until established and during periods of extended drought. Dogwoods need minimal pruning to maintain their shape, but any leggy, damaged or broken limbs should be removed in the summertime when the tree will not bleed sap from the cut.


Dig a hole approximately twice as wide as your new plant’s root ball and deep enough so that the top of the root ball is equal with the ground level.

Loosen the root ball using a small garden spade or by hand. Breaking smaller outer roots can encourage growth into the new soil, but take care to not damage large primary roots.

Place the plant in the hole and ensure that it is situated evenly upright. Use the excavated soil to fill in around the root ball, using your foot to pack it in firmly. Thoroughly soak with a hose as you fill in the dirt. Take great care to not leave any gaps or air spaces around the root ball as this could kill the plant.

A 2-4 inch layer of mulch is strongly recommended to help retain moisture and discourage weed growth. Apply mulch over the entire planting area but keep away from the stems or trunk by a few inches. Ensure that the plant and surrounding soil is completely soaked with water.

To ensure the proper nutrients are available for the life of your White Dogwood, our proprietary Perfect Plants Special Blend Soil and a once yearly application of Nutricote Total 360 Fertilizer are great considerations for your new plants!

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  1. Mary P.

    Came just as described. Will order again. Now just got to get my son to plant them! Thanks Perfect Plants.

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