White, pink or red "flowers" (actually bracts) in spring; clusters of small red fruit in autumn; fall color is reddish purple.
Partial shade to full sun. Prefers a moist, well drained, slightly acid soil. Although listed as hardy in zone 5, this tree may not perform well in the northern half of that zone, unless plants are selected from a northern seed source.
Numerous culitvars available, including:
- 'Cherokee Brave'- Flower bracts are deep pink with a white center.
- 'Cherokee Chief'- Flower bracts are deep, rose-red; new leaves emerge reddish.
- Cherokee Daybreak™ - Flower bracts are white; leaves are variegated with a white edge that resists scorching.
- 'Cherokee Princess'- Flower bracts are white and flowers are very large; flowers at an early age and flowers heavily.
- 'Cloud 9'- Flower bracts are white and overlap one another; flowers at an early age.
- 'Rubra' (var. rubra)- Flower bracts range from pink to reddish.
Additional pests and problems that may affect this plant:
Several problems affect this tree, including spot anthracnose (a leaf disease), dogwood anthracnod (a serious fungal disease), cankers, dogwood borer, and powdery mildew.
Although listed as hardy in zone 5, this tree may not perform well in the northern half of that zone, unless plants are selected from a northern seed source.