Cornus florida

Flowering Dogwood

 

Quarryville Elementary School,  211 South Hess Street, Quarryville PA

 

Scott Peiffer, Kathleen Hood

 

This tree is a certified direct descendant of a dogwood growing at Harpers Ferry, WV. Harpers Ferry is where American abolitionist John Brown led a doomed raid on a federal armory. It was also hotly contested between Confederate and Union armies throughout the Civil War.

 

This amazing species often begins flowering when just two or three years old.

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[The last photo, by African-American photographer Augustus Washington, is a daguerreotype of abolitionist John Brown about 1846.]