Cornus florida 'Cherokee Daybreak' - Flowering Dogwood cultivar

Family - Cornaceae

Size - Small tree to maybe 15 feet in height with a spread equal to or greater than height. Relatively slow growing, about a foot a year at best.

Foliage - Opposite, simple, 3 to 5 inches long and 1 1/2 to 2 inches wide. Variegated, with green center two-thirds and creamy white margins. Unusually attractive.

Flower/Fruit/Seed - Four white bracts surrounding a greenish-yellow flower, approximately 2 to 3 inches in diameter. Effective for about 2 weeks in early to mid April.

Bark - Smooth and gray when young, on older trees it develops the typical broken, blocked pattern.

Pests and Diseases - Prone to powdery mildew which can terrorize the foliage. Needs a location which has some air movement.

Landscape Use - Can make a nice accent or specimen tree, especially in the small garden where size is limited. Has enough peculiarity in the foliage to add some special interest. Could be used in a raised patio planter.

Performance - 6 I want to be fair and say I think this tree could possibly rate better than a 6. Ours on campus are located inside a U section of a building and get little attention. They were 3 to 4 foot trees when planted and are about 6 to 7 feet now after about 8 1/2 years. Inside this area there is no air movement and the trees are regularly plagued with powdery mildew in late summer. I think they could fair better given a little more attention but I would be hesitant to rate it above 7. In hot climates it will need some afternoon protection as the foliage is prone to burning.


Cherokee Daybreak Flowering Dogwood