Cornus florida

Flowering Dogwood

 

Quarryville Elementary School,  211 South Hess Street, Quarryville PA

 

Scott Peiffer, Kathleen Hood, Augus-tus Washington

 

Planted in 1999, 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.  [The last photo, by African-American photo- grapher Augustus Washington, is a daguerreotype of abolitionist John Brown from about 1846.]

 

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