Why the Cherokee Daybreak Variegated Flowering Dogwood?
Are you the kind of person who couldn't live without the change of seasons? If so, then Cherokee Daybreak Flowering Dogwood may be just the tree for you! You'll celebrate spring with this elegant ornamental tree's snow-white flowers and then enjoy its green and yellow variegated leaves all summer. When the weather turns brisk and breezy, Cherokee Daybreak Dogwood marks the change of seasons with purple and pink fall foliage and bright red fruits. In winter, pour yourself a mug of hot cocoa and watch through the window as the songbirds dig in. It's a living nature calendar right outside your door!
From time to time, a seedling tree will spontaneously appear with variegated leaves that bear little resemblance to those of its parents. In the wild, such trees are usually eliminated by natural processes (for starters, they have less chlorophyll and grow more slowly than their siblings). When such trees appear in the nursery, however, they are treasured. This one appeared in the fields of Hubert Nicholson of Decherd, Tennessee in the 1980s. His nursery, Commercial Nursery, is also known for producing the Dogwoods Cherokee Brave®, Cherokee Sunset, and Firebird™.
How to use in the landscape?
Brighten your morning with this beaut! White flower bracts appear in spring followed by red fruit in late summer/early fall (that the birds absolutely love). The green foliage with white variegation speaks for itself…and the white variegation turns pink/red in fall! Be sure to use a Cherokee Daybreak as a specimen in your home landscape - you won't be disappointed!
Hardiness Zone: 5-9
Mature Height: 20' tall
Mature Width: 20' wide
Exposure: Full Sun/Part Shade
Spacing: 15-20' apart
How To Plant
These Dogwoods thrive in higher temperatures, but prefer morning sun and afternoon shade. Flowering Dogwoods also like more acidic soil conditions. Be sure to keep your Dogwood watered after planting, they like moist soil, but not constantly wet soil. Not all trees are perfect however, and there are a couple of common problems that occur: Anthracnose and borer. Anthracnose is a fungal disease that causes dead spots on leaves, twigs, or fruit. Borers are small insects that bore into the woody part of plants. Don’t let this discourage you - there is hope! Your best defense against these problems is proper tree care and maintenance, if your tree is under any stress (too much sun, too much or too little water) that’s when these problems will occur. However, the benefits far outweigh the negatives. You get beautiful flowers in spring, fruit that attracts birds, and great fall color.
How To Water
Water weekly, or better yet, use the Bower & Branch® Water Element to deliver just the right amount of moisture to your tree throughout the growing season.
How To Fertilize
Incorporate Elements Starter Plant food granular form into the soil when planting. If planting in spring or summer, start fertilizing late fall using Elements Starter Plant food granular form on an annual basis each late fall. Continue this for the first three years to get your plant well established.
How To Prune
On top of all the great aspects of the Cherokee Daybreak, they really don’t need a lot of pruning, but if you feel it’s necessary for a trim, please do so after the tree is done flowering in the spring.
Hardiness Zone: 5-9