Well, not WRONG, wrong. But wrong about it's natural range. The northern edge of where it can be found, except as a planting in yards, is near where I live.
However, I've previously said I'd never seen it north of about Whitehall (40 miles south of me). This week, I've found quite a few trees in the woods along US 10 (even with where I live), and even several trees a few miles north. This is flowering dogwood, Cornus florida
It's a stunning tree when in bloom.
The four petals each have a stained notch. Of course there is a legend that this notch appeared after Christ was crucified to represent his wounds made by the three nails and the spear. Probably silly, but it's one of those nice reminders.
This picture isn't so colorful, but it illustrates the easy way to spot this tree in the woods. Notice how the branches seem to separate into layers? That's an easy way to tell it from other spring blooming trees, such as Serviceberry.
|See F is for Frost to see Serviceberry|
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