Cloud 9 Dogwood Tree
Category: Deciduous Trees
Cloud 9 Dogwood Tree, "Scientific name for Cloud 9 Dogwood Tree is Cornus florida". The Cloud 9 Dogwood Tree common name is flowering dogwood. This deciduous tree belongs to the family of cornaceae and grows from 15 to 30 feet (4.57 to 9.14 meters). Spreading at the same level, the Cloud 9 Dogwood Tree bloom time starts from April or May.
The Cloud 9 Dogwood Tree requires full to part shade for development and the soils should be well drained, medium moisture, organically rich and acidic. Cloud 9 Dogwood Tree does well in all soils though the best one is clay soil.
Mulching benefits the Cloud 9 Dogwood Tree by making the soils moist during dry seasons. Cloud 9 Dogwood Tree does not tolerate dry seasons. People are advised to plant the Cloud 9 Dogwood Tree where dogwood anthracnose infestations are not present.
Cloud 9 Dogwood Tree flowers are tiny, yellowish green, insignificant and compacted into button-like clusters. Each flower cluster is surrounded by four showy, white petal-like bracts. The nectar and pollen attracts butterflies and other pollinators.
The fruits are red and bitter. They are not edible to humans and it is believed that they are poisonous. (This is according to various researchers). These fruits mature in later summer to early fall and sometimes persist late in the year. The leaves turn scarlet red in fall and this tree is considered to have a very good color fall.
The fruits provide food for birds such as doves and robins. The Cloud 9 Dogwood Tree itself since it has dense foliage is a perfect home for these birds.
You can tell a Cloud 9 Dogwood Trees age by the number of growth rings inside. Growth rings size shows what kind of conditions accrued that year, the temperature and if it was a dry or wet year.
Bark of the Cloud 9 Dogwood Tree protects it from the elements and is made up of dead cells.
Cloud 9 Dogwood Tree roots usually grow two to three times the width of the tree branches. The ideal time to fertilize your Cloud 9 Dogwood Tree is in late fall or early spring. If you want to transplant a tree do it in fall, this is ideal for most trees.
Cloud 9 dogwood tree is popular as a specimen. It can be planted in groups on residential properties or around homes. It is also very good when planted in woodland or native plant gardens.
Cloud 9 Dogwood Tree leaves are made up of many colored pigments, green chlorophyll hides the colors during the growing season of spring and summer. As days get shorter and cooler temperatures come in the fall, it cause the chlorophyll to break down and than the other color pigments can be seen.
Cloud 9 Dogwood Tree growth is referred to as Meristem (The undifferentiated embryonic plant tissue from which new cells are created, as that at the tip of a root or stem). This tissue can be found at the tips of shoots and leaves. Inside the stem growth in thickness occurs at the vascular cambium.
Cloud 9 Dogwood Trees make their own food from sunlight, carbon dioxide, water, and nutrients from the soil.
When Cloud 9 Dogwood Tree is stressed it is susceptible to several diseases. The serious one is anthracnose which is its major threat. Others are; powdery mildew, canker, leaf spot, root rot and twig blight. Some insects like leaf miner and scale also attack the Cloud 9 Dogwood Tree thought they don’t have serious damages. The cloud 9 dogwood trees can be expected to grow in Hardiness Zones 5–9.