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Cherokee Chief Dogwood Tree

Cornus florida 'Cherokee Chief'
Cherokee Chief Dogwood Tree
Cherokee Chief Dogwood Tree
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Cherokee Chief Dogwood Tree

Cornus florida 'Cherokee Chief'

Four Seasons of Low Maintenance Color

  • Stunning shades of red all year long
  • Disease, pest, and deer-resistant
  • Drought resistant
  • Cold hardy to growing zone 5
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Product Details

growing zone 5-9 Growing Zones 5-9
Soil Type Well Drained
Sunlight Partial
Drought Tolerance
Mature Height 15-20 Feet
Mature Width 15-20 Feet
Growth Rate Moderate
Fall Color Red Fall Color Red
Bloom Color Pink
Shipping Restriction AZ, FL

This tree will bring joy to your landscape and neighborhood all year long with its constant red colors and low maintenance. The Cherokee Chief Dogwood Tree is a magnificent addition to any landscape with its smaller stature and it is one of the hardiest dogwood varieties available.

The Cherokee Chief Dogwood Tree presents different shades of red throughout the seasons. In early spring, this tree blooms fiery red blossoms. Because this dogwood is one of the first trees to bloom in the spring, these blossoms contrast beautifully with the just-waking-up backdrop of the winter to spring transition.

In the early summer, the oval-shaped foliage of the Cherokee Chief Dogwood Tree is tinged with red. Initially, these leaves are burgundy and then they take on a bronze tint that eventually turns to green as they mature. And then in fall, these dazzling leaves change to a dark shade of red that you will simply adore.

The showy red color of the Cherokee Chief Dogwood Tree continues even into the winter. This tree forms bright red berries that stay on the tree into late winter after the tree has dropped its leaves. The berries stand out compared to the otherwise bare winter surroundings and attract lovely songbirds.

Not only are the alluring shades of red a key feature of this tree, but so is the maintenance. Unlike other dogwood varieties, the Cherokee Chief Dogwood Tree is both cold hardy and low maintenance. This tree is disease, pest, deer, and drought-resistant. This means you can focus on enjoying this marvelous tree without spending time taking care of it.

If you want stunning shades of red all year long that make your landscape pop and attract songbirds, the Cherokee Chief Dogwood Tree is the tree for you.

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Cherokee Chief Dogwood Tree FAQ

How big does this tree get?

The Cherokee Chief Dogwood tree reaches heights between 15-20 ft and spread around 15-30 ft.

Will the berries attract deer and other pests?

No. The Cherokee Chief Dogwood tree is pest and deer resistant.

Cherokee Chief Dogwood Tree Care

Plant your Cherokee Chief Dogwood tree in full to partial shade in well-draining soil. It’s important to find a location that offers both sun and shade for optimal blooming. It’s best to reduce exposure to the harsh afternoon sun, so plant in northern or eastern exposure. Although this tree is drought resistant, it’s not flood tolerant. So be sure to plant in well-draining soil.


To plant your tree, dig a hole that is 2-3 times the width of the root ball and a couple inches deeper. Loosen the roots on the root ball so the tree can establish better in your landscape. Then, place the tree in the whole and backfill the dirt being careful not to compact the soil too tightly.

Lastly, water the newly planted tree to help the roots establish and settle the soil.


It’s important to water your Cherokee Chief Dogwood once or twice a week as it becomes established. Once established, simply water to keep the soil moist 2 inches down.


Mulching: It’s beneficial to mulch trees to protect the roots from the cold of winter. Mulch up to 2 inches thick of mulch around the truck and roots of the tree. This will also help with keeping the soil most.

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