Cornus florida Cherokee Princess

Cherokee Princess is an excellent example of the North American flowering dogwoods - Cornus florida. The species gets its name from the Latin word "florida" which means flowering - not from the state of Florida. It is native to the north-eastern USA, from Boston southwards.

The main feature is the very large white petal-like bracts, which provide an attractive spring blossom display.

The tree will often bear fruitlets - not palatable for humans, but very popular with birds and animals, making this a good choice if you want to encourage wildlife into your garden.

Cherokee Princess trees for sale

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Height in 10 years
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2-year Cherokee Princess tree - in a 7L pot
2.5m-4m tall after 10 years
£34.95
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How to grow

Cherokee Princess grows best in drier areas of the UK. Although trees of Cornus florida like some shade in their native regions of north-eastern USA, in the UK they are best grown in full sun. In less favourable areas it may revert to being a non-flowering shrub.

Cherokee Princess characteristics

Growing

  • Attractive features: Attractive flowers Autumn foliage colour
  • Height 10 years: 2.5m-3.5m / 8ft-12ft
  • Growth habit: Spreading
  • Growth rate: Average
  • Vigour: Average vigour
  • Sunlight: Prefers full sun Some shade
  • Useful for: Small spaces
  • Pruning: Do not prune
  • Disease resistance: Average
  • Gardening skill: Average

Identification

  • Country of origin: United States
  • Flowering month: April May
  • Flower colour: White
  • Leaf colour: Green
  • Leaf colour - autumn: Orange / Red
  • Fruit colour: Red
  • Annual cycle: Deciduous

Using

  • Fruit persistence: Fruit drops when ripe
  • Wildlife: Attractive to birds

Similar varieties

  • Cornus florida
    Cherokee Daybreak
    An upright spreading form of the American dogwood, with white blossom and variegated leaves.