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flowering dogwood

noun
1.
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
1835-1845
First recorded in 1835-45
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  • It wants some of the good points possessed by the flowering dogwood.

    American Forest Trees

    Henry H. Gibson
  • Nuttall's flowering dogwood makes a fine show when in bloom.

  • The flowering dogwood is the most beautiful sight of our May woodlands.

    Woodcraft Alan Douglas
  • THE flowering dogwood is rare in the northern third of the State.

    Forest Trees of Illinois Fuller George D.
  • It grows in more northern latitudes than the flowering dogwood, and does not range as far south.

    American Forest Trees

    Henry H. Gibson
  • The wood seems to possess the good qualities of flowering dogwood, but no reports of uses for it have been made.

    American Forest Trees

    Henry H. Gibson
  • In contrast with its umbrellas of red leaves are the scarlet berry clusters of the flowering dogwood.

    Trees Every Child Should Know Julia Ellen Rogers
  • This is the flowering dogwood, whose grey bark breaks into small squarish plates.

    Trees Every Child Should Know Julia Ellen Rogers
  • Nuttall's flowering dogwood makes a brave display with its wealth of show involucres in the spring along cool streams.

    Steep Trails John Muir
  • It is a relative of flowering dogwood, and the one of its many names I like best is silky cornel.

    The Harvester Gene Stratton Porter

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