I live in a zone 6 area where Cornus Florida (Flowering Dogwood) is native. There's an area in my yard where I want to plant a small, native specimen tree, and this is one of the few plants that fits the bill. But I'm concerned about dogwood blight and wonder what your experiences have been (with this variety, not any other dogwoods, including kousa).
Further thoughts on the subject if you care to read my ramblings: My favorite reference book, Bill Cullina's Native Trees, Shrubs, and Vines, says one shouldn't be afraid to plant dogwoods despite the blight. He explains that if you give it the right conditions and tend it properly when there are cold spring rains or summer droughts that could make it vulnerable, it could do just fine. But I find myself nervous. There has been so much erratic weather in the last years...flooding so intense 2 springs ago that our area was declared a national disaster...and the summer right after that so very hot and dry...I just wonder if it's doomed before I start out.
I'd especially love to hear from anyone who's planted a cornus florida in the last 5 years or so.