When you're driving down the country side, you must have often noticed a dogwood tree blooming with a million dogwood flowers. They are absolutely stunning to look at.
The Dogwood flower means endurance, for durability through all seasons. Dogwood flowers belong to the family Cornaceae and genus Cornus. These trees are deciduous in nature and like the others lose their flowers at a certain time in the year. They are actually a cluster of smaller flowers and is surrounded by four large colored bracts which are often mistaken to be the petals. Bracts are modified leaves which look like petals and the actual flowers are the tiny greenish yellow objects in the center of the flowering head. In spring time, these bracts are the first to bloom and then gradually the actual flowers open up to allow fertilization. The blooming period of these tiny flowers is very short and immediately leads to the production of fruits and seeds. The dogwood tree is the state tree and flower of Virginia State and there are about 40 different types of dogwood trees throughout the world. Out of these, 15 are native to North America and Canada.
July 17th, 2012
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