The white flowering dogwood is a common deciduous tree occurring throughout the eastern half of the United States. It is the state tree of Virginia. The tree provides showy white flowers in spring, rich green foliage in summer, bright red leaves in fall and red berries relished by birds and animals all winter.
The white petals of the dogwood flower are actually leaf-like growths called bracts rather than true petals. The actual flowers are in the cluster at the center of the dogwood bloom. The showy bracts can attract pollinating insects to the flowers. Wild dogwood trees normally bloom in white, but pink and red varieties also occur.
Here at the Inn we have a couple of different varieties of the dogwood and right now they are in magnificent bloom!