Dogwood trees are known for their spectacular display of flowers that bloom for a short period during April and May. Spring is not the only season that enjoys an exhibition of the dogwood’s beauty; during the fall dogwood foliage changes to brilliant shades of red and purple. Flowering dogwood trees thrive in well-drained, acidic soil in areas with full sun to partial shade.
The Cherokee Princess is a profuse bloomer that produces large, white flowers during the early weeks of spring. Cherokee Princess dogwoods are hardy in U.S. Department of Agriculture zones 5 through 9 and reach heights of 20 to 25 feet. Their foliage is bright green during the summer and changes to red during the fall. Cherokee Princess dogwoods exhibit some resistance to spot anthracnose and mildew.
The slow-growing Cloud 9 flowering dogwood has large, white flowers with overlapping petals and blooms during the month of May. The leaves are light green during the summer and turn to a brilliant shade of scarlet red during the fall. Cloud 9 dogwoods reach a height between 18 and 22 feet and are found growing in USDA zones 5 through 9. Although they are highly resistant to mildew, Cloud 9 dogwood trees are prone to spot anthracnose.
Found growing in USDA zones 5A through 9A, the Weaver’s White dogwood produces a creamy white, four-bract flower. The trees reach heights of 25 to 30 feet and bloom in early spring. The Weaver’s White flowering dogwood has medium-green leaves that change to red during the fall. When lower branches are left on the Weaver’s White trees, they sag to the ground, giving the tree an unusual shape. Weaver’s White dogwood trees are resistant to verticillium wilt but are susceptible to anthracnose.
The vigorous Milky Way flowering dogwood tree grows to heights of 15 to 20 feet and produces a showy, white flower that has pointed bracts. Milky Way dogwoods are found in USDA zones 4 through 8B and bloom from late spring through the early summer. The leaves of the Milky Way are green during the summer and change to a shade of maroon-purple in the fall. This variety of dogwood is resistant to anthracnose and borers.
The densely flowered Aurora dogwood tree has large, velvety white flowers that age to a shade of creamy white. The Aurora grows to heights of 20 to 25 feet and blooms in the mid-spring. These trees are found growing in USDA zones 5 through 8 and have a medium-green leaf that changes to red during the fall. The Aurora is resistant to leaf spot, borer and canker.