Although the Venus dogwood tree is known for its very large white flowers, its bracts begin as freshly green as the leaves that envelope them. We were pleasantly surprised by the profusion of flowers on our Venus dogwood tree this Spring and are watching the color of the unfurling bracts lighten daily from leaf-green to pure white. Sometime in the next two weeks, we hope to enjoy the fully-opened blossoms just as we did when the tree was first planted in our yard. (See Venus against a blue sky for a photo from 2017.)
This Spring we planted a Venus dogwood tree to replace our green ash tree that succumbed to the emerald ash borer over the past year. The Venus dogwood is known for its large creamy white bracts in the Spring, red fruit in the Fall, and attractive leaves in the Summer and Fall. This tree should be healthy, drought-tolerant, and disease-resistant. We look forward to enjoying its beauty for many years.