Cherokee Chief Dogwood Tree (Cornus florida ‘Cherokee Chief’)
Cherokee Chief Dogwood Tree
Beautiful, steadfast color, introducing one of the best Flowering Dogwoods on the market! The ultra-colorful Cherokee Chief (Cornus florida ‘Cherokee Chief’) will show up in grand fashion if you want to make a big statement in your landscape! This deciduous tree has shades of red coloration from start to finish! The floral bracts surrounding the tiny true flowers are bright ruby! The new leaves come out with a definite red overlay, and burnish back to burgundy in fall!
Wide-spreading branch structure looks delicate and lyrical. The Dogwood bloom season is all the more romantic with a red-flowering variety like this one. The intricate blooms are comprised of four wide bracts, held flat behind a button-like center of tiny, true flowers. These trees are great early spring nectar resources for local butterflies and bees, who’ll come to call, all day long, for many days in a row.
Each branch is dressed in a classy red cloak as the second colorful showing of the season. Then enjoy the dappled shade cast by the textured, pointed, dark green leaves all summer long. This variety shines in fall when the leaves deepen dramatically into rich burgundy-red. Look closely for the flower’s red fruits. The songbirds will certainly see them and flicker from branch to branch!
Hardy throughout USDA growing zones 5 to 9, Cherokee Chief grows to a rounded canopy 15-20 feet tall and wide. The low branching allows you to use this colorful deciduous tree as a screening hedge or ‘limb it up’ into a small ornamental tree with ease!
Let this low-branched accent tree become a living exclamation point in your yard! You’ll look brilliant for using this fiery choice! Use these showy Dogwood trees as a specimen to be proud of in your foundation planting. You’ll love the way the wonderfully intense color adds interest to mature evergreens. Make space for one 15 feet away from the corner of your house.
Depending on where you use it, you’ll be tempted to place some comfortable seating near your Cherokee Chief. A series of multiple trees look great on the sunny side of older evergreen trees, beneath a dappled understory, or in naturalized groupings to create a wildlife habitat! Add Cherokee Chief Dogwood and several of our incredible Redbud flowering trees on the east side of windbreaks and shelterbelts. You’ll easily add flowering interest and fall color!
They’ll make an incredible backdrop in your shrub border, as well. Repeat their use along your fence, and you’ll define your property in a gorgeous way. For a solid display where the canopies grow together and touch, plant them 15 feet apart on center. You’ll measure from the center of one to the center of the next. Vary the spacing from 15 to 30 feet apart on center, if you want a natural screening border along a woodland’s edge. Don’t use a straight line in this application, vary the spacing to create a loose zig-zag, as well.
If summers are very hot where you live, plant Cherokee Chief Dogwood tree where it will receive morning sun and partial shade in the afternoon. Otherwise, the full sun will help your tree generate the best color. If you can, plant it in slightly acidic soils that are well-drained. If your soil is alkaline, you should consider using some soil sulfur or aluminum sulfate to help lower the soil pH. Use a raised bed for faster-drained soils, if needed. Spread a three-inch layer of pine bark mulch or pine straw spread over the root system. Reapply regularly, as it will break down to nourish your soil.
Give your Dogwood trees a medium amount of water on a regular basis. This is especially important for young trees in their first season. Water the trees well each year as you head into winter, too. Use the Finger Test to determine if your plant needs water. Stick your finger into the soil near your new tree. If the soil is moist, skip watering that day. If it is getting dry, it’s time to water.
Customize your tree to the allotted space with an eye towards artful pruning. Site it carefully for the best angles, and plan to remove limbs as needed for a custom fit. Be a little patient with your young tree is pushing new foliage out for the growing season. Dogwoods are typically a bit slow to truly wake up. Decide which branches to keep before you pick up your loppers. Prune Cherokee Chief for shape when dormant so you can easily see the structure. Remove crossed branches and branches heading into the interior of the canopy. Make pruning cuts at 45-degree angles above an outward-facing bud. Keep your loppers clean and sharp.
|Cherokee Chief Dogwood Tree
|Cornus florida 'Cherokee Chief'
|15 - 20 ft.
|15 - 20 ft.
|Full Sun, Partial Shade