Sunday, May 18, 2008
VA's beautiful state flower, the Flowering Dogwood (Cornus florida). Generally a small tree, the true flowers number about 30 and are in the center of the four white "petals" which are actually bracts. Fruit is a small red berry. The trees are prone to blight (a type of fungal infection) that has killed many wild trees. The wild trees are white, the pink cultivated.