the dogwood tree is exceptionally shade tolerant
Photo: Nancy Andrews
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Dogwood (Cornus florida)

Few spring-flowering trees are more shade tolerant than this native American species. The elliptical leaves turn red in fall, when the tree bears small, bright-red fruits. The slow-growing trees favor free-draining neutral or acid soil and a temperate climate; hardy to -20 degrees F. More than 20 species are available in nurseries, including varieties with variegated leaves, like 'Welchii'.

Check the USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map to see if you can grow this tree.

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