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Cherokee Daybreak

Cornus florida
Cherokee Daybreak has received the RHS Award of Garden Merit

Daybreak is a form of the North American dogwood, featuring variegated leaves and white blossom. (In fact the flowers are tiny, it is the surrounding large petal-like "bracts" which resemble the blossom of other flowering trees).

Daybreak is slightly larger than other forms, but like most dogwoods it is fairly slow-growing.

In late summer the tree produces tiny orange-red fruits which are attractive to birds. In autumn the leaves take on red and orange hues.

Cherokee Daybreak flowering dogwood trees for sale

  • 2-year pot-grown tree £62.00
    In a 12L pot
    Medium size (2.5m-3.5m after 10 years)
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How to grow

Like all North American dogwoods, Daybreak is susceptible to the canker-like fungal infection anthracnose, but this is not usually a problem if it is grown in well-draining soils.

Cherokee Daybreak characteristics

  • Gardening skillBeginner
  • AwardsRHS AGM (current) 2012
  • Attractive featuresAttractive flowersAutumn foliage colourVariegated foliage
  • Growth habitUpright-spreading / Vase
  • Height after 10 years2.5m-3.5m / 8ft-12ft
  • SunlightSome shade
  • PruningDo not prune
  • Growth rateSlow
  • WildlifeAttractive to birds
  • Flowering monthAprilMay
  • Leaf colourGreen
  • Leaf colour - autumnMultiple tints
  • Fruit colourOrange / Red
  • Fruit persistencePersistent
  • Annual cycleDeciduous

Similar varieties

  • Cornus florida
    Cherokee Princess
    Cherokee Princess is an American flowering dogwood, noted for its large white flower clusters.