The Dogwood Trees here at my Bird Sanctuary bloom after the Fruit Trees have stopped blooming. The showy white flower bracts open with the azaleas and bluebonnets for the "Grand Finale" of the Spring Bloom. Many of the old growth dogwoods in the area have been lost to the heat and drought of the past few years. I encourage everybody to replant the dogwoods so our grandchildren will see them. They are small, slow growing trees that can be planted under larger trees. I have shared info from Wikipedia below. You may also Google 'dogwood' and find more info and where to buy. The photostudies are linked below as well as a previous post I did on dogwoods with more photos. Enjoy and let me know if you plant a tree or two!
Common name "dogwood"
Cultural referencesA Christian legend of unknown origin proclaims that the cross used to crucify Jesus was constructed of dogwood. As the story goes, during the time of Jesus, the dogwood was larger and stronger than it is today and was the largest tree in the area of Jerusalem. After His Crucifixion, Jesus changed the plant to its current form: He shortened it and twisted its branches to assure an end to its use for the construction of crosses. He also transformed its inflorescence into a representation of the Crucifixion itself, with the four white bracts cross-shaped, which represent the four corners of the Cross, each bearing a rusty indentation as of a nail and the red stamens of the flower, represents Jesus' Crown of Thorns, and the clustered red fruit represent His Blood.
My Post about dogwoods 2 years ago:
...this is brendasue signing off from Rainbow Creek. See You next time!