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Cherokee Brave Dogwood Tree for Sale - Buying & Growing Guide

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Cornus florida 'Comco No. 1'
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Dogwood trees are known to bring abundant flowers to the early-spring landscape, and the variety we know as Cherokee brave is no exception. This plant, known botanically as Cornus florida 'Comco No. 1', shows its flowers from March through May. The petals of those flowers have reddish-pink tips that transition to white at the center. The berries of the Cherokee brave dogwood tree are also noteworthy for their red color, as is the fall foliage. This variety also stands out for having a relatively fast growth rate compared to other dogwood trees. 

  • Brilliant flowers that are reddish-pink with white centers.
  • Blooms very early in the spring while many other plants are still bare.
  • Impressive red berries and deep fall color.

Plant Care



Prefers to grow in partial shade conditions, about four hours of sunlight per day.



Maintain consistent soil moisture with weekly watering during the growing season.



Use a nitrogen-rich fertilizer once in the early spring, and repeat the application a few months later.

Planting and Care

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by John Haryasz | Horticulture Writer and Landscape Designer – last update on February 28, 2022

Planting instructions

To plant a Cherokee brave dogwood tree, you’ll need to find a location that receives about four hours of sunlight per day. However, a full sunlight location may be suitable if you live in a colder region.

When planting, dig a hole that is twice as wide as the plant’s root ball and about as deep as the root ball’s height. Backfill with healthy soil and provide plenty of water. Generally, it is best to conduct planting in the spring.

Watering and nutrients

You should give your Cherokee brave dogwood tree water once per week for most of the active growing season. During droughts, you can increase the water you give this plant as needed. What’s most important is keeping the soil consistently moist.

The soil in which this plant lives should have good drainage and adequate nutrients. To ensure that is the case, use a nitrogen-rich fertilizer about twice per year. The Cherokee brave dogwood also requires acidic soil.


In most cases, dogwood trees will take on a pleasant form and grow to a manageable size without pruning. However, pruning to remove dead, diseased, or broken branches remains a beneficial practice.

It is best to prune a Cherokee brave dogwood tree in the late fall or winter, when it is dormant. Pruning during active growth can cause this plant to bleed sap and can leave it susceptible to pests such as borers. When pruning, be careful not to remove too many buds, as this will diminish the following season’s blooms.

Pests, diseases, and animals

One of the greatest threats to dogwood trees is the dogwood borer. Dogwood borers are most likely to affect trees that have recently received a wound, and that tendency is why you should not prune this tree in the spring and summer when borers are active.

Several diseases can also affect Cherokee brave dogwood trees. Some of the most common afflictions include powdery mildew, leaf spots, and dogwood anthracnose. The best way to prevent these problems is to give your tree ideal amounts of fertilizer, water, mulch, and sunlight.

Achieving maximum results

Fertilization with a nitrogen-rich formula is beneficial for Cherokee brave dogwood trees, but too much can be a problem. Specifically, excessive amounts of nitrogen can lead to reduced flowering in some cases. A lack of sunlight can be another cause of underwhelming blooms.

You should also know that this tree has a comparatively fast growth rate. Ensure that your Cherokee brave dogwood tree has all the room it needs to expand, as it will do so quickly.


How fast does a Cherokee brave dogwood tree grow?

The Cherokee brave dogwood tree has a fast growth rate. This tree can add 2 feet of new growth each year. Other dogwood trees usually have a slow or moderate growth rate. The rapid expansion of the Cherokee brave dogwood allows it to reach its mature size much more quickly. At maturity, the Cherokee brave dogwood will be about 20 to 30 feet tall with a similar-sized canopy spread.

What makes the Cherokee brave dogwood tree different than other Cherokee dogwoods?

If you are familiar with dogwood varieties, you may know that several of them have the word Cherokee. Some of these popular varieties include the Cherokee princess, Cherokee chief, and Cherokee brave. What makes the Cherokee brave dogwood stand out is its flower color and growth rate. This dogwood has two-toned petals that are reddish-pink and white. It also grows at an incredible rate of 24 inches per year.

How long do dogwood trees live?

A dogwood tree can have a relatively long life with the correct setting and ongoing care. In ideal situations, these trees can live to be 80 years old or more. During that long lifespan, this tree will maintain a manageable size. The best way to help your dogwood enjoy a long life is to meet the specific requirements it needs to thrive. Acidic soils, partial sunlight, and consistent moisture are among the factors that influence this plant's longevity.

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Verified Buyer April 29, 2021 at 5:58pm
ratingTrees Are Beautiful!

The trees arrived in perfect condition. They are healthy with full branches just waiting to pop. I can't wait for them to bloom. They were packaged very nicely, not a single broken branch.

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ratingCherokee Dogwood

Very nice small tree. It came well packaged and in great shape.

Mature height
20-30 ft.
Mature width
25-35 ft.
Sunlight requirement
Part Shade Preferred-- Tolerates Full Sun in Cooler Zones
Growth rate
Botanical name
Cornus florida 'Comco No. 1'
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Grows Well In Zones
Growing Zones: 5-9 i Growing zones help determine if a particular plant is likely to grow well in a location. It identifies the average annual minimum winter temperatures across the U.S. provided as a map by the USDA.
(hardy down to -10°F)

Cherokee Brave Dogwood Tree

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