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.

Origin of flowering dogwood

First recorded in 1835–45
Also called boxwood.
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