• Cherokee Brave Dogwood in full flower
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  • A cherokee Brave Dogwood in the Fall

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Cherokee Brave Dogwood

Cornus florida

If you’re looking for a tree bursting with reddish flowers and bright red autumn foliage, the Cherokee Brave Dogwood is for you! This showstopper flowering tree grows quickly, and it's late-summer red berries provide a source of food to wildlife. This disease resistant and cold hardy tree grows up to 25 feet tall.

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Dormancy Notice: This plant, like many others, enters dormancy or semi-dormancy in the late fall through early spring. *THIS PLANT IS NOT DEAD. It is completely healthy but upon receiving the plant, you may notice it exhibits fewer leaves, discoloration, or complete leaf drop. This is normal and essential to the plant's health. In fact, planting during dormancy promotes root growth, giving your plant a better start for spring, when new foliage will begin to grow.

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Cherokee Brave Dogwood for Sale Online

The Cherokee Brave Dogwood Trees produces a dazzling spring display of 4-inch-wide flowers of reddish-pink with white centers. These early bloomers push out flowers before their green leaves even emerge. Loved for their bright color and small form, these Cherokee Dogwoods are a real sight to see in early spring.

Botanically referred to as 'Cornus florida', the Cherokee Brave Flowering Dogwood Trees grow in a multi-stemmed, compact form and reach mature heights around 30 feet tall. Beyond their stunning blooms and medium size, these beautiful trees are great for adding a splash of seasonal interest to the yard. In fall, the shows not over; the leaves turn a beautiful deep red. Songbirds will return again and again to the Cherokee Brave Dogwood to gather the glossy red berries in autumn and winter.

The Cherokee Brave prefers rich, well-drained acidic soil and adequate amounts of moisture. These small trees also enjoy conditions of full sun to partial shade. These trees are best suited for USDA growing zones 5-9. Like its Dogwood cultivar, the Cherokee Brave is fairly hardy and disease resistant.

Popular in use as specimen tree focal points as well as along pathways and yard borders, these red and white flowering trees will surely make a splash in your yard this planting season.


Growzone: 5-9 Cherokee Brave Dogwood Hardiness Zone 5-9
Hardiness Zone: 5-9
Mature Height: 20 to 25 Feet
Mature Width: 20 to 25 Feet
Classification: Broad leaved deciduous tree, flowering tree
Sunlight: Full sun to part shade
Habit: Medium branching
Foliage: Green; deep red fall color
Flower Color: Red with White centers
Pruning Season: No pruning needed
Soil Condition: Any well drained soil
Water Requirements: Water well until established
Uses: Tolerates all soil types and full sun

How to Care for Cherokee Brave Dogwood

Be sure to read our planting instructions to ensure a healthy and happy plant for years to come!

How do I fertilize Cherokee Brave Dogwood Tree?

How do I fertilize Cherokee Brave Dogwood Tree?

Bio-tone starter fertilizer is a great starter fertilizer that provides plants with mycorrhizae fungus. It is a naturally occurring beneficial fungus that colonizes on the new growing roots of plants. It creates a barrier between the roots of the plant and fungus and pathogens that can cause root rot. Fertilize Cherokee Brave Dogwood Tree again 6 to 8 weeks later to encourage denser foliage or faster growth of young trees. Native Dogwoods do prefer a slightly acidic growing environment so the use of an acidic fertilizer such as Holly-Tone by Espoma is recommended in areas of the country where the soil tends to have a less than acidic soil profile.

How do I mulch a Cherokee Brave Dogwood Tree?

How do I mulch a Cherokee Brave Dogwood Tree?

We highly recommend that you mulch your Dogwood Tree with either a ground hardwood mulch or a ground cypress mulch depending on your local availability. Any type of mulch will do but cypress or hardwood mulch will be of a higher quality and provide better nutrition overall as they breakdown. Mulching helps to keep weeds away which will compete with your new investment for water and nutrients. A 2 to 3 inch layer of mulch is sufficient but remember to take care not to cover any part of the stem of the plant with mulch. It's better to leave a one inch gap of space between the mulch and the stem or trunk of the plant.

How do I water Cherokee Brave Dogwood Tree?

How do I water Cherokee Brave Dogwood Tree?

After planting the Cherokee Brave Dogwood Tree, give it a slow, deep watering. Most of the water you put on the plant at first will run away from the plant until the soil is soaked. A general rule of thumb is to count to 5 for every one gallon of pot size. For example a one gallon pot would be watered until you count to 5 a three gallon pot would be 15 and so on. Check the plant daily for the first week or so and then every other day there after. Water using the counting method for the first few weeks. Gator Bags can be used to help aid in this process and also provide plants with a good soaking due to the slow release of the water into the root-zone of the plant. Soaker Hoses can also be used to water when planting a long row of trees.

How do I plant a Cherokee Brave Dogwood Tree?

How do I plant a Cherokee Brave Dogwood Tree?

We suggest when planting your newly purchased Cherokee Brave Dogwood Tree plants that you dig a hole twice as wide as the root system but not deeper. Depending on the quality of your existing soil you may need to add a locally sourced compost or topsoil to the back-fill soil. We do not recommend using straight topsoil or compost as a back-fill soil because more times than not these products will retain entirely to much moisture and will cause the root system to rot. Adding compost or topsoil will help the young feeder roots of Cornus Florida to spread through the loose, nutrient rich soil, much easier than if you used solely the existing soil which more times than not will be hard and compacted. The most common cause of plant death after transplanting is planting the new plant too deep. That is why we do not recommend planting in a hole any deeper than the soil line of the plant in the pot. A good rule is that you should still be able to see the soil the plant was grown in after back-filling the hole.


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