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Cherokee Chief Dogwood


On of the most popular and steadfast varieties, Cherokee Chief offers ruby-red flower bracts and four seasons of interest. New leaves emerge bronze-red in spring, maturing to green. Autumn brings fantastic burgundy-red foliage. The show continues into winter, with red fruit clinging to bare branches. This small, low-branched tree has an attractive branching habit, giving a graceful, layered effect. Keep it well watered for the first year or two – once it is well established it will survive regular summer dryness with ease. Grows to 15 to 20 ft. tall and 20 to 25 ft. wide.

Two things to remember, when planting dogwood trees, they do not like to have their crown covered with soil or mulch. Because of that, plant the tree with soil approximately one inch from the top of the soil (crown). Also, dogwood love fertilizer and we recommend appying Espoma Holy Tone Fertilizer in late February here in Tennessee.


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