Cornus, Eastern Dogwood, Flowering Dogwood 'Cherokee Princess'

Cornus florida

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

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade



Foliage Color:

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)

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us



Bloom Color:

White/Near White

Bloom Characteristics:

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

Bloom Size:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Time:

Mid Spring

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 is said to grow outdoors 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

Hilton Head Island, South Carolina

Bastrop, Texas

Houston, Texas

South Jordan, Utah

Portsmouth, Virginia

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Apr 21, 2019, jacquelineemery from Hilton Head, SC (Zone 9a) wrote:

I have 3 of these dogwoods in my Hilton Head Island, SC garden. I liked the idea that they are supposed to stay relatively compact. I planted them in the Fall (best time for planting where I live, before the summer heat sets in) and they all bloomed their first year. I was astounded. The 2 in half shade are doing better than the one in full sun, but all are fine, and disease free.


On Apr 15, 2013, pbyrley from Wake Forest, NC (Zone 7b) 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.


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 car... read more


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.