Dogwood Seeds, North American (Cornus florida)

(Cornus florida) Deciduous. Zones 5-8.

North American flowering dogwood is easily one of the most beautiful native flowering trees. Dogwood flowers are deceiving in that are actually quite small, but are surrounded by the petal-like leaves, called bracts, that we think of as blooms.

North American Dogwood’s long-lasting “flowers” are a soft white and come on in the Spring, giving way to bright red berries in late Summer. Berries are poisonous to humans but attractive to many birds. North American Flowering Dogwood grows slowly and can reach 15 feet in height. 


Cold Hardiness: Zones 5 - 8

Edible: Yes

Size: Small Tree

Growth RateSlow - Medium

Nitrogen Fixer: No

Native Plant: Yes 

Germination: 70 - 90% 

Sun Requirements: Full Sun - Partial Shade

Soil Preference: Average, well draining. Prefers cooler roots, so mulch for Summer.



- Soak Seeds 24 hrs. Follow with 120 days cold, moist stratification. For more information on stratification, check out our article "How To Start Your Tree Seeds".

*If you are doing the cold period in your fridge, please check on your seeds. 120 days is an estimate & they may sprout sooner.*

- Plant stratified seeds in pots or a nursery bed using standard potting soil. Heat mats are NOT required & can hinder germination!

- Protect young tree seedlings from slugs, cutworms & rodents. Slugs especially can eat primary leaves as soon as they come up, so be vigilant! 

 *Excited about growing Flowering Trees from seed? Learn more HERE.*


Available direct from Incredible Seeds, a Canadian Heirloom and Heritage Seed Company, offering only the best natural, non-GMO, open pollinated and untreated seeds, located in Mi'kma'ki / Nova Scotia. 

  • $5.99

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