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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

    Sorry we have not produced any trees of this variety this season.

    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.