All photographs copyright (2003-2013) by Kris H. Light

<strong>Dogwood flowers</strong>
<em>Cornus florida</em> / Dogwood Family<br>
During the first two weeks of April the woods are accentuated by the large white blooms of the flowering dogwood. The tiny yellowish-green "true" flowers are located in the...
Dogwood flowers
Cornus florida / Dogwood Family

During the first two weeks of April the woods are accentuated by the large white blooms of the flowering dogwood. The tiny yellowish-green "true" flowers are located in the center; the four white "petals" are actually bracts. If pollinated, each tiny flower can form a red berry in the fall. These berries are relished by many species of birds; every white dogwood growing wild in the woods was "planted" by a bird when the seeds were excreted! Squirrels also like to eat the berries, however, they destroy the seeds with their teeth. (See "Fruits" gallery)
Perennial - Shrub
Where seen: Oak Ridge Greenways, Great Smoky Mountains NP, Frozen Head NP, Norris Dam SP, Cove Lake SP, Cherokee National Forest, Piney River, Piney Falls, Pickett SP, Warriors' Path SP

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