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flowering dogwood

a North American dogwood tree, Cornus florida, having small greenish flowers in the spring, surrounded by white or pink bracts that resemble petals: the state flower and the state tree of Virginia.
Also called boxwood.
Origin of flowering dogwood
1835-45 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The larva of this clearwing moth bores under the edges of the bark of flowering dogwood, particularly around wounds.
  • flowering dogwood adds color to the understory in the spring.
  • flowering dogwood, redbud, and serviceberry are common understory trees.
  • Hackberry, yellow-poplar, and flowering dogwood were the top three in terms of leaf area.

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