cornus florida 'cherokee brave'

Cherokee Brave Dogwood

This small, hardy tree will bring you brilliant reds in the fall and delightful pinks in the spring.


  • Tolerates: Black Walnut, Clay Soil, Deer, Moderate Drought Tolerance
  • Sun: Full Sun, Partial Shade
  • Bloom Season: April–May
  • Zones: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
  • Maintenance: Medium
  • Spread (Min): 25
  • Spread (Max): 35
  • Height (Min): 15
  • Height (Max): 30


The Cherokee Brave Flowering Dogwood is a spectacular spring-flowering small tree growing to around 25 feet, suitable as a lawn specimen, planted among other small trees and shrubs, or planted in a natural way along the margins of wooded areas. It is hardy to minus 20, so it can be grown in almost all parts of the country, and it thrives in both cooler and warmer zones. It will grow in most soils and is more drought-resistant than other types of flowering dogwoods. Every spring your tree will be smothered in large, bright pink flowers, making a spectacular display. In fall it will turn brilliant shades of crimson and red.

  • Smothered in pink blossoms every spring
  • Dramatic red fall coloring
  • Grows well in partial shade and in full sun
  • Much sturdier and more disease resistant than other varieties
  • Hardy to minus 20, so grows almost anywhere

Plant the Cherokee Brave Flowering Dogwood in full sun or partial shade, in soil you have enriched with organic material. Keep it well watered for the first year or two – once it is well established it will survive regular summer dryness with ease. This variety is disease resistant and sturdy in growth and is superior to other varieties of pink flowering dogwoods. It will liven up your spring garden and bring joy to everyone who sees it.

  • Plant Hardiness Zones: 5 – 9
  • Mature Width: 25 – 35
  • Mature Height: 15 – 30
  • Soil Conditions: Well-Drained Soil
  • Sunlight: Full Sun to Partial Shade
  • Drought Tolerance: Moderate