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Cherokee Chief Dogwood

Cornus florida 'Cherokee Chief'


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-t- Root Rocket™ Fertilizer
Root Rocket™ Transplant Fertilizer

2oz. Packet

Get your new plants off to the right start by using Root Rocket™ Transplant.

This soil amendment contains 16 strains of mycorrhizal fungi, biostimulants, beneficial bacteria and Horta-Sorb® water management gel.

Simply sprinkle the product into the planting hole adjacent to the root ball when planting.

The organisms will start to work right away supplying the roots with much needed nutrition.

The specially formulated Horta-Sorb® will reduce transplant stress and aid in water retention.

1 packet per plant

Root Rocket Fertilizer
-t- Planting Mix
Cherokee Chief Dogwood Planting Mix

Helps your Cherokee Chief Dogwood get established in a fraction of the time, become more drought tolerant, and grow faster. Here's how:

Beneficial Bacteria... It's like a Probiotic for your tree... creating an explosion of fine hair roots that vastly improves nutrient and water uptake.

Coarse Organic Compost... loosens and improves all types of soils while promoting proper pH levels. You get better drainage and moisture retention.

Microbial Fertilizers... including Sea Kelp, Yucca, and 100 other elements proven to gently feed your tree without burning the roots.

Use 1 bag of Planting Mix for each plant ordered.

Soil Contents
-t- Tree Planting Kit
Tree Planting Kit
Tree Planting Kit

Getting your tree off to the right start can more than double its growth rate. Use our planting kit so your tree is ready for explosive growth.

Your planting kit includes:

  1. Tree Stake Kit to help keep your tree stable, giving roots time to grow.

  2. Breathable Tree Guard protects against gnawing mice, rabbits, deer and mowers.

  3. 2 oz of Root Rocket™ Mycorrhizal Fungi so your tree can quickly explode with new root growth.

-t- TreeGator® Jr. Watering Bag
TreeGator® Jr.

When you’re making an investment and effort in planting new trees in your landscape, you can assure their survival and growth by using TreeGator® - a truly simple and innovative drip irrigation system in a bag.

With hot summers and droughts the norm around the USA, TreeGator® is an absolute necessity to protect your new trees and shrubs.

TreeGator® is super easy to install without any tools, and it can easily be filled up with a standard garden hose or can even be connected to a rain barrel!

It's a super time saver that takes the worry out continually remembering whether you've watered your new tree or not. Plus, all the water that goes into the drip bag is used up with no waste, so TreeGator® is environmentally friendly with regard to water use.

Tree Gator

Growing Zones: 5-9
(hardy down to -10℉)

Growing Zones 5-9
You are in Growing Zone: 6

Mature Height:

15-20 ft.

Mature Width:

15-30 ft.



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Botanical Name:

Cornus florida 'Cherokee Chief'

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Rosy Red Blooms Add Stunning Color to The Landscape

The Cherokee Chief Dogwood is cold hardy to growing zone 5, where other dogwood varieties can’t handle the cold. Large amounts of ice and snow don’t bother Cherokee Chief Dogwoods and don’t stop them from blooming.

By being one of the first trees to bloom in spring, Cherokee Chief Dogwoods fill the landscape with fiery red blossoms while other trees are still dormant. Once their dark, green leaves fill in they act as a backdrop for the bright flowers to pop against. 

The colorful show doesn’t stop there because the long, oval shaped leaves fill in to create a thick and attractive canopy that provides shade in the summer. When the leaves first emerge they have a burgundy to bronze tint that fades to green as they mature. Then in the fall the green leaves turn a dark shade of red.

Your neighbors will swear that your ornamental tree is doing something new every time they see it, even in the winter because Cherokee Chief Dogwoods form bright red berries in the fall that last deep into the winter after their leaves have dropped.

The red berries beam with color while other plants in the winter landscape are bare. Cherokee Chief Dogwood berries are an excellent source of food for a variety of songbirds during the winter. You’ll love being warm inside your home while watching colorful birds visit your tree all winter long. 

Cherokee Chief Dogwoods only grow between 15 to 20 feet tall, so they can fit perfectly in smaller planting areas without over crowding it. They are an excellent choice for an accent tree, or the center of attention.

You will have seasons of color without any trouble or fuss because the Cherokee Chief Dogwood is one of the toughest dogwood varieties available. They are pest and disease resistant, as well as deer and drought resistant.

All you have to do for multiple seasons of color is decide where to plant your new Cherokee Chief Dogwood trees. 

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Customer Reviews

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Cherokee growing in Iowa
Dogwood arrived in great shape. Approx. 4 ft tall, full of leaves.Looking healthy. Planted immediately, watered it well.
It has been 1 month and it still looks good! Beginning to show some fall coloring.
September 16, 2017
1 year ago
All great!
June 8, 2017
1 year ago
So far so good. First year requires TLC for many years of satisfaction
May 21, 2017
1 year ago
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Arrived in perfect shape
. Like it was just dug up that morning.
May 17, 2017
1 year ago
Lovely tree
So far so good. It arrived in good shape and is doing very well in the ground so far. If it makes it through the winter I will give it five stars.
September 2, 2016
Pittsburgh, PA
over 2 years ago
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Planting & Care

It's Easy to Plant & Care for Your Cherokee Chief Dogwood

Cherokee Chief Dogwood Planting Diretions

Cherokee Chief Dogwood is one of the best flowering dogwoods with one of the most popular red flowered cultivars. The dogwood provides red color throughout all four seasons and produces winter berries. They generally perform best in partial shade and are known to be cold hardy. This particular variety (Cornus florida Cherokee) perform their best in USDA growing zones 5-9. Cherokee Chief Dogwood are moderate growers maturing to a height of 15-30 feet and width of 15-30 feet.

Location: When planting Cherokee Chief Dogwood find a site that offers partial shade. Trees planted in full sun or deep shade will not bloom as well as those planted in partial shade. Plant in northern or eastern exposure to protect from the harsh afternoon sun.

Planting Instructions: Select a site that is well-draining and slightly acidic for the Cherokee Chief Dogwood.

1)Dig your hole three times the width of the size of the root ball and slightly deeper.
2) Loosen the soil, in and around the hole so the roots can easily break through.
3) Use your fingers to separate the roots of your Cherokee Chief Dogwood and gently position downward in the hole. Hold the tree straight as you begin to backfill the site.
4) Apply water to settle the soil and remove any air pockets that may have formed.

Mulching: Protect the roots in the cold of winter by applying a thick layer of pine needles, bark or wood mulch. To avoid fungus and rot, keep the mulch about 2 inches from the trunk. Mulching will also help with keeping the soil moist as well as deter weeds and grasses from growing.

Watering: Water newly planted Cherokee Chief Dogwood once or twice a week during the summer and fall. Watering during the winter is rarely necessary. When you water, give it a good, deep soaking to ensure it penetrates down to the deepest roots.

Little or no fertilizer is needed during the first growing season. Too much fertilizer when the tree is young can stunt root growth and possible injury the tree. You can fertilize established trees twice a year, in February and again in mid-June.

Dogwoods don’t really need much pruning. Remove dead and injured branches. Proper pruning will make the trees more attractive and keep them healthier.

Planting & Care

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Why did you choose this? Store
Wanted a tree for shade and beauty.. One that would grow around 20 to 30 feet tall.. That would have NO seeds to drop and was as little maintenance as possible..
CLOVIE L on Nov 4, 2018
hardiness, color, height
Tina B on Jul 1, 2018
Wanted a tree for shade and beauty.. One that would grow around 20 to 30 feet tall.. That would have NO seeds to drop and was as little maintenance as possible..
CLOVIE L on Nov 4, 2018
I love dogwood trees and it is hard to find them in a small size like 2-3 feet. The larger ones are very expensive and too heavy to transport in a car.
Vincent F on Oct 14, 2018
hardiness, color, height
Tina B on Jul 1, 2018
They are realy beautiful and I have seen some in my area.
Jacilyn N on May 8, 2018
Size and color
Judith F on Apr 23, 2018
I've had good luck with Dogwoods for border or hillside privacy. Easy to maintain.
David W on Mar 26, 2018
Color, and easy web site. And made orders before. Honest co.
Gay W on Feb 16, 2018
Native plant
Janet G on Jan 18, 2018
Red flowering tree so add some color to our yard.
Babak S on Nov 15, 2017
Our property has a lot of shade and read this tree does well in shade. Hoping it thrives in its new location.
Christopher D on Sep 18, 2017
Fall and spring color, size appropriate to location.
Edward S on Aug 12, 2017
I'm Cherokee Indian, and it represents my father's memory.
Kelly L on Aug 10, 2017
Please send the best one you have this is going to be a Memorial Tree Thanks, Art
Arthur N on Jun 28, 2017
Good for a small yard. planted this last year and it is doing beautifully. It came through winter and leafed out and bloomed this spring. Love my Cherokee Chief.
Betty S on Jun 18, 2017
It is different from all my neighbors that have dogwood trees and I LOVE the color!
Christina H on Apr 23, 2017
Size for location and color.
Nelson C on Apr 11, 2017
Stunning color to add to our landscape after a long winter spring color makes you look forward to each day and the beauty we are so blessed to see!
Thomas G on Apr 8, 2017
Hardy and ideal size growth range for my back yard
Frederick J R on Apr 3, 2017
The various seasonal colors, the height/width sizing, growth rate, it's hardiness for Vermont, and pricing.
D R on Mar 8, 2017
small size and drought tolerance
Kyle T on Feb 3, 2017
The description of the tree made it seem like a good choice for my situation and location. I like the color and that it changes somewhat dramatically through the year.
William W on Sep 16, 2016
I love dogwood trees and it is hard to find them in a small size like 2-3 feet. The larger ones are very expensive and too heavy to transport in a car.
Vincent F on Oct 14, 2018
They are realy beautiful and I have seen some in my area.
Jacilyn N on May 8, 2018
Would like to plant a flowering tree near where an old pine tree existed, how far away should it be to not have to deal with acidic soil?
Kate H on May 3, 2017
BEST ANSWER: The dogwood trees prefers acidic soil.
What is the difference between the Chief dogwood and the. Brave dogwood? I live in Ventura, CA. Will these trees work here?
Nancy D on Nov 18, 2016
BEST ANSWER: The growing zones are 5-9. Click the link to look up what growing zone you are in. The Cherokee Chief's flowers are smaller then the Brave Dogwood. The Brave dogwood tree gets wider than the Cherokee Chief.
What is the root system like?
Sunnia E on Oct 20, 2016
BEST ANSWER: They have a shallow root system.
What is the blooming period of Cherokee Chief Dogwood? If I buy them on 4/24/2017 for 20874, how long until this year will it bloom for?
Deepa on Apr 22, 2017
BEST ANSWER: They bloom from April thru May.
Can the Cherokee Brave be planted in a west facing corner of my house? It gets afternoon sun only.
Elizabeth L on Apr 25, 2018
BEST ANSWER: I have a Cherokee Chief dogwood in its first spring gracing our yard with lovely red "blossoms" at the end of April in Virginia. An internet search does not address planting it against a wall. At maturity it will spread 12 to 18 feet. The further south one lives the more it prefers partial shade. Afternoon shade is preferable, however. Enjoy your tree.
Does the Cherokee Chief come in white ?
Barbara M on Apr 22, 2018
BEST ANSWER: No the Cherokee Chief dogwood is red. The White, Celestial Shadow, Blue Ray Kousa and the Kousa Dogwoods will be white.

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