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.


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