Cornus florida 'Pringlei' - Mexico Dogwood
This dogwood from Mexico is rarely seen in the U.S. It differs from the common dogwood of the southern USA by having bracts that hold together at their tips, forming a open-sided lantern that protects yet exposes the flower parts. Unique is the word most often used to describe the bloom. Our specimen bloomed for the first time in mid to late March, 2006. While it bloomed profusely and the weather was moderate, flowers failed to set any seed. While difficult to find in the specialty nursery trade, this small flowering tree is worth the effort. Implications for breeding are encouraging and we are hoping to conduct some grafting trials to attempt an improvement in plant numbers.