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Red Flowering Dogwood 'Cherokee Chief'

Cornus florida

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



Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


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:

Unknown - Tell us

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


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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Gardeners' Notes:


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.


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.


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.