Growing Zones: 5-9 outdoors(hardy down to -10℉)
This plant may not thrive in your area
- Mature Height:
- 20-25 ft.
- Mature Width:
- 20-25 ft.
- Part Shade Preferred-- Tolerates Full Sun in Cooler Zones
- Growth Rate:
- Botanical Name:
- Cornus florida
- Does Not Ship To:
- AZ, FL
Don't Buy Bare-Root Trees (learn why below)
Turn Your Yard into a Springtime Show
- Beautiful pink and red blossoms every spring
- Gorgeous fall foliage
Easy to plant, and fun to watch! You'll find yourself anticipating springtime, just to see your Red Flowering Dogwood in action!
Your Fast Growing Trees Red Dogwood proudly displays pink or red spring flowers that last deep into the blooming season - giving you exceptional performance when other trees quit.
This tree offers color all year... making it one of our most popular specimen trees! Matures to a height of 20-25 ft. - you can even plant it in small lawns or other tight areas.
An excellent tree for under-story or shady areas. Plant this tree almost anywhere. Grows in many soils and climates. mildew resistant! Perfect for Growing Zones 5-9.
Don't wait until next spring! With plenty of water, you can plant any time.
Fast Growing Trees Nursery ships your Dogwood Trees potted. Dogwoods are sensitive and when dug out of the ground (bare-root) they are susceptible to disease and death. Shipping you a Dogwood Tree in a container, ensures you will have a healthy tree that will explode with growth the first year.
Customer Reviews & Photos
- Fast Growing Trees
Better than expected
For a first of ordering trees from an online site, I wasn't sure what to expect. I ordered the Red Dogwood along with (3) Leland Cyprus trees. All of the trees were very healthy just as you would find in any local store such as Lowes or Home Depot. Very please and excited about the next purchase, whatever that may be. THANKS!
I had a great experience for my first purchase, I did have an issue but they took care of it immediately. I wuld not hesitate to use Fast Growing Trees again in the future
Mine seems to be doing well. I bought a 2nd one for my mom about 2 weeks later but it doesn’t seem to be doing as well yet. I am hoping it will come out of it. I would still recommend Fast Growing Trees. Selection was good and delivery was fast.
This is my third red dogwood tree. All trees arrived in great condition. This will be their first time experiencing a San Antonio, Texas summer, so hopefully they will all fare well.
tree was in good shape when it arrived and has demonstrated new growth in first two weeks. Very happy with purchase
Planting & Care
The Red Dogwood (Cornus Florida) is the perfect tree for smaller yards moderately growing to a mature height and width of 20-25 feet. Since it’s good for USDA growing zones 5-9, it has the ability to grow in just about any climate providing it gets the proper full to partial sun exposure required. It grows into a pyramidal shape with oval, bright green leaves that give way to beautiful fall colors of a rich red-brown. Birds love the small, bright red fruits that mature in late summer to early fall and have the ability to last until late in the year. During the blooming season, look for the dainty, red or pink flowers that are described as hermaphroditic, meaning “perfect flowers.”
Seasonal Information: With proper time & care, Dogwood trees can be planted at any time of the year. If your area is experiencing extreme heat, place your potted tree in a well shaded area, such as a garage, or plant it in a well shaded area of your lawn. Once mature, your tree will be better able to manage with temperatures of this kind. Typically, though, trees do not experience much growth during times of extreme temperature.
Location: Choose a planting site for your Dogwood that receives light or filtered shade. Dogwood trees are highly adaptable to many soil types. However, they thrive best in moist, fertile soils high in organic matter. The soil of your planting site should be well drained, with a 5.5 pH level.
1) Dig a planting hole for your dogwood that is two times the diameter of your tree’s root ball and comprised of equal depth.
2) Remove your Dogwood from its container and ensure root moisture.
3) Place your tree in the planting hole, keeping the top of the root ball even with the ground.
4) Adjust your tree’s position and angle, then use the original soil to fill the planting hole.
5) Spread the roots out evenly and surround them with soil, tamping down lightly as you fill to avoid air pockets, which can dry out the roots of your tree.
6) Avoid firming the soil at this point, and instead water the area immediately to settle the soil.
7) Mulch around the base of the tree to conserve soil moisture. This will also keep competing growth (grass and weeds) from growing around the planting site.
Watering: Dogwood trees possess very shallow root systems that are susceptible to drying out in the absence of regular rainfall. It is best to water your tree once or twice a week. Be sure to water correctly. Light green leaves are a sign of overwatering, while drooping leaves signify both over watering and under watering. Watch for these and any other signs that your tree is getting too much or too little water.
Fertilization: Dogwood trees do not require much fertilization. If you choose to fertilize your tree, do so sparingly in April or May. Any general purpose fertilizer is suitable for this.
Weed Control: Do not permit weeds or grasses any closer than 2-3 feet from your Dogwood in the first year. Pull the weeds initially, and then utilize a growing mat or mulch. Insulate the roots 2-4 inches and replenish as needed. Do not spray Round Up on a young Dogwood, and ensure that wind doesn’t blow chemical drift onto your tree.
Pests & Disease: The best defense against any pest or disease issue is a healthy tree. Good soil, proper feeding & healthy watering habits are vital to the prosperity of your tree.
Deer: If you believe that deer may become an issue for your Dogwood, consider caging the tree(s). Although there is a whole host of deer deterrents available, nothing will guarantee protection like caging will.
Winter Dormancy: During late fall and winter, your Dogwood will enter its dormant state. When this occurs, your tree’s leaves will fall off and the stem will turn brown. Above ground, nothing will take place during this time, but the roots of your tree will continue to grow beneath the surface. This winter root development will accelerate the growth of your tree come spring.
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 with a tracking number.
|Amount of Order||Shipping Charge|
|Less than $15||$11.95|
You can still order, but due to cold weather, we have delayed shipping to the areas shaded on the map below. We want your new plant to thrive right out of the box, so we will wait on shipping your order until the weather is ideal. This includes anyone in
Growing Zones 3 - 6. If you are unsure of your growing zone, visit our
Growing Zone Finder.
Some plants are not available for immediate shipment, and delayed delivery is noted.
We will resume normal shipping in the Spring. Please see the table below for your approximate ship date.
|Growing Zone||Shipping Resumes|
|Zones 3 & 4||Week of May 4th|
|Zone 5||Week of April 13th|
|Zone 6||Week of March 30th|
|Zones 7 - 11||Ships Now!|