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PlantFiles: White Flowering Dogwood
Cornus florida 'Cherokee Princess'

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

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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:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Mid Spring

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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1 positive
No neutrals
2 negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Negative pbyrley On Apr 15, 2013, pbyrley from Port St Lucie (+ Wk For), FL (Zone 9b) wrote:

I paid $49.95 to a highly reputable local nursery for my Cherokee Princess, then watched it slowly die over about 4 years. I planted it about 10 feet from a wild dogwood which is still growing well. I think it was maybe in a bit too shaded location for the Cherokee Princess.

I also bought a Cherokee Brave (red) a year later (same nursery) and planted it in a pretty shady location also and it seems to be doing fine.

This same nursery told me, 2 weeks ago, that they were no longer suggesting Cherokee Princess. They now suggest Appalachian Spring instead.

Negative Clary On Aug 27, 2012, Clary from Lewisburg, PA (Zone 6b) wrote:

Unfortunately, I have had to remove two recently planted Cherokee Princess dogwoods from my property. Although dogwoods are native to my area and though the trees were healthy when installed, they were absolutely devastated by powdery mildew. I treated them for three years and they flowered beautifully and produced fine red berries but every leaf from bract to dormancy was withered and wrinkled from disease. This is true of nearly every garden-variety dogwood I see in my region. The humidity and perhaps even pollution of the midatlantic region seems to be too much for them. I removed the trees because they were possibly dangerous to other plants because of their hosting of mildew, and also because they were extremely unattractive. I encourage anyone who hopes to plant a dogwood tree to carefully survey other dogwood trees in the area to see if they are healthy; if not, save your money and buy a different type of tree.

Positive ViburnumValley On Jan 13, 2007, ViburnumValley from Scott County, KY (Zone 5b) wrote:

'Cherokee Princess' flowering dogwood is probably the most commonly offered white flowering dogwood available in the central KY area, and most likely in the whole Ohio River valley region.

It is a precocious plant (flowering heavily on young plants), establishes easily and grows well. It is subject to the same pest problems as all the rest of Cornus florida, but these are not severe issues if the plant is healthy, well-sited, and reasonably cared for.


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

Newton, Alabama
Oldsmar, Florida
Bardstown, Kentucky
Georgetown, Kentucky
Louisville, Kentucky
Boston, Massachusetts
Decatur, Mississippi
Holly Ridge, North Carolina
Greenville, South Carolina
Bastrop, Texas
Houston, Texas
Portsmouth, Virginia

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