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PlantFiles: Red Flowering Dogwood
Cornus florida 'Cherokee Chief'

Family: Cornaceae
Genus: Cornus (KOR-nus) (Info)
Species: florida (FLOR-id-uh) (Info)
Cultivar: Cherokee Chief

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2 members have or want this plant for trade.


15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)
20-30 ft. (6-9 m)

20-30 ft. (6-9 m)

USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade


Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer

Good Fall Color

Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
By grafting
By budding

Seed Collecting:
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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2 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Krootie On Jul 30, 2013, Krootie from Weirton, WV (Zone 6a) wrote:

Beautiful deep red/pink color unlike any other. My dogwoods including the Cherokee Chief were planted by the original owners of this home in around 1958. Beautiful specimens for three decades. But with the dry/drought winter of 2011, all three have suffered with much young limb die back. And they appear to have loss much of their beauty I enjoyed in their youth. Sadly, debating removal or replacement at this time.

Positive PudgyMudpies On Mar 31, 2008, PudgyMudpies from Stockton, CA (Zone 9a) wrote:

Gorgeous tree, its in full bloom right now. I got this last summer and was afraid it would burn with our heat, but it held it's own. Forms the flower buds the previous year after the leaves fall off.

Neutral smiln32 On Jul 6, 2005, smiln32 from Oklahoma City, OK (Zone 7a) wrote:

This tree does very well in Oklahoma. Can reach a span of 15' by 15'. Prefers a well-draining soil, such as sandy loam.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Sacramento, California
San Leandro, California
Stockton, California
Hinesville, Georgia
Georgetown, Kentucky
Louisville, Kentucky
West Friendship, Maryland
Mooresboro, North Carolina
Cleveland, Ohio
Springboro, Ohio
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Woodbridge, Virginia
Spokane, Washington
Weirton, West Virginia

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