Free Shipping on Orders $79+
(enter: NOVFREE at checkout)

You are in Growing Zone:


  Hurry... (Ends in )

9:30am-5pm EST

We ship Now, others Make You Wait until December
You Get Potted Trees... Not "Bare Root" (see why)
Checkout Shopping Cart: (0) Items
  • Cherokee Chief Dogwood for Sale

    Fall foliage

*images shown are of mature plants

Cherokee Chief Dogwood

Cornus florida 'Cherokee Chief'


1. Height

  • Ships Tomorrow
  • November is the Perfect Time to Plant

2. Quantity

3. Extras

-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.

Course 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- 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- Planket™ - Frost & Cold Protection
PLanket 10-20 ft.

Protect your sensitive plants and shrubs with the Planket™

Benefits include:

  1. Lightweight fabric allows your plants to breather while also protecting them from the frost and cold winds.

  2. 6ft. round size makes it easy to protect sensitive container plants.

Add A Decorative Pot

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

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

Mature Height:

15-20 ft.

Mature Width:

15-20 ft.


Full Sun, Partial Sun


20 ft.

Growth Rate:


Drought Tolerance:


Botanical Name:

Cornus florida 'Cherokee Chief'

Does Not Ship To:


Don't Buy Bare-Root Trees (learn why below)

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. 

Customers who bought this item also bought...

Customer Reviews

4.4 / 5.0
5 Reviews
5 Stars
4 Stars
3 Stars
2 Stars
1 Stars
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
1 year ago
Growing Zone:
Arrived in perfect shape
. Like it was just dug up that morning.
May 17, 2017
7 months ago
All great!
June 8, 2017
6 months ago
So far so good. First year requires TLC for many years of satisfaction
May 21, 2017
6 months ago
Growing Zone:
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
3 months ago

Planting & Care

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

Step 1: Dig Your Hole

Select a site with full to partial sun and moist or well drained soil for your Cherokee Chief Dogwood.

First, dig each hole so that it is just shallower than the root ball and at least twice the width.

Then loosen the soil in the planting hole so the roots can easily break through.

Use your shovel or try dragging the points of a pitch fork along the sides and bottom of the hole.

Planting & Care

Step 2: Place Your Plant

Next, separate the roots of your Cherokee Chief Dogwood gently with your fingers and position them downward in the hole.

The top of the root flare, where the roots end and the trunk begins, should be about an inch above the surrounding soil.

Then make sure the plant is exactly vertical in the hole.

To make it just right, use a level.

Step 3: Backfill Your Hole

As you backfill the hole, apply water to remove air pockets.

Remove debris like stones and grass and completely break up any dirt clumps.

Water your Cherokee Chief Dogwood again after the transplant is complete.

Questions & Answers

Start typing your question and we'll check if it was already asked and answered. Learn More
Browse 5 questions Browse 5 questions and 17 answers
Why did you choose this? Store
Red flowering tree so add some color to our yard.
Babak S on Nov 15, 2017
Fall and spring color, size appropriate to location.
Edward S on Aug 12, 2017
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
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
I'm Cherokee Indian, and it represents my father's memory.
Kelly L on Aug 10, 2017
What is the root system like?
Sunnia E on Oct 20, 2016
BEST ANSWER: They have a shallow root system.
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 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.

Shipping Details

Most items ship the next business day unless otherwise noted

Estimated Shipping Time: Most orders ship immediately, however some orders may ship in 1-2 business days (we do not ship on the weekends) from date of purchase. As noted on the website, some items are seasonal, and may only ship in spring or fall. Once your order is shipped, you'll receive an email from with a tracking number.

You may receive multiple shipments if you ordered more than one plant. This is to get your plants to you as soon as possible. However, shipping schedules can change due to unforeseen events, such as unpredictable weather. We appreciate your patience.

Shipping Cost

Amount of Order


Less than $15











32% of order