Cornus florida Cherokee Daybreak

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 trees for sale

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2-year Cherokee Daybreak tree - in a 7L pot
2.5m-4m tall after 10 years
£34.95
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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

Growing

  • Attractive features: Attractive flowers Autumn foliage colour Variegated foliage
  • Height 10 years: 2.5m-3.5m / 8ft-12ft
  • Growth habit: Upright-spreading
  • Growth rate: Slow
  • Vigour: Slightly large
  • Sunlight: Some shade
  • Useful for: Small spaces
  • Hardiness rating (RHS): H5 (to -15C)
  • Pruning: Do not prune
  • Disease resistance: Average
  • Gardening skill: Suitable for beginners

Identification

  • Flowering month: April May
  • Leaf colour: Green
  • Leaf colour - young: Green
  • Leaf colour - autumn: Multiple tints
  • Fruit colour: Orange / Red
  • Annual cycle: Deciduous
  • Awards: RHS Award of Garden Merit

Using

  • Fruit persistence: Persistent
  • Wildlife: Attractive to birds

Similar varieties

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