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Can you tell me what tree these leaves are from?

Meacia Asked

Can you tell me what tree these leaves are from? The trees are in Daniel Boone National Park.

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Hi, Meacia: The leaves in the picture that you sent belong to a flowering dogwood (Cornus florida). These small trees can reach 15-30 feet tall and wide. They are native to Eastern North America. As you witnessed, they are commonly found as an understory tree in forested areas. These trees have year-round interest -They are early spring bloomers and produce fruit that ripens to a bright red in the late summer. The foliage turns a lovely reddish/purple in the fall and the interesting growth habit provides winter interest. If you are interested in growing one, there are over 100 cultivars available to the home gardener.

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