flowering dogwood


: a common spring-flowering usually white-bracted dogwood (Cornus florida)

Examples of flowering dogwood in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The flowering dogwood trees are unique in that the blooms are so dense that the trees appear to be laden with a heavy coat of pink and white flowers. Evie Carrick, Travel + Leisure, 8 Mar. 2024 Three years later, the United States reciprocated by sending flowering dogwood trees to Japan. Sarah Kuta, Smithsonian Magazine, 5 Mar. 2024 The most visible wildflowers were the large, white blossoms of the flowering dogwood along the state park road. Ernie Cowan, San Diego Union-Tribune, 26 Nov. 2023 Myth #3: Native plants look weedy Tell that to a flowering dogwood, a nice, big clump of snow trillium (Trillium nivale), or a patch of lady slipper orchid (Cypripedium acaule). Paul Cappiello, The Courier-Journal, 18 Aug. 2023 If your site is shady, Wheeler suggests an Eastern redbud (Cercis canadensis) or flowering dogwood (Cornus florida). Tovah Martin, Washington Post, 27 Sep. 2023 This is about my neighbor’s white flowering dogwood tree. oregonlive, 17 Sep. 2023 Add white flowering dogwood branches, Queen Anne’s Lace, spirea, and white flowers to a tall cylindrical vase that’s clear, white, or blue. Katherine Owen, Southern Living, 15 Sep. 2023 Kentucky's locally native flowering dogwood (Cornus florida) has inhabited much of the eastern portion of North America for millennia — long before any humans showed up. Paul Cappiello, The Courier-Journal, 18 Aug. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1843, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of flowering dogwood was in 1843

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“Flowering dogwood.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/flowering%20dogwood. Accessed 26 May. 2024.

Medical Definition

flowering dogwood

flow·​er·​ing dogwood ˈflau̇(-ə)r-iŋ- How to pronounce flowering dogwood (audio)
: a common spring-flowering white-bracted dogwood of the genus Cornus (C. florida) the dried bark of whose root has been used as a mild astringent and stomachic

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