Dusty Dogwood

Dusty green is an uncommon novelty variety. Aren’t flowers amazing? From white to scarlet to red to green, all in a day. Look at the slightly burnt look that the edges of the petals have. Below is a photo of the common sort of dogwood. The American dogwoods were introduced in a big way as gifts from the US in exchange for the Washington cherries from Japan.

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There is an interesting “Legend of the Dogwood” about these dogwoods, read it here and immediately below:

THE DOGWOOD TREE

Being distressed at the use of the wood
Christ made a promise which still holds good:
“Not ever again shall the dogwood grow
To be large enough for a tree, and so
Slender and twisted it shall always be
With cross-shaped blossoms for all to see.
The petals shall have bloodstains marked brown
And in the blossom’s center a thorny crown.
All who see it will think of Me,
Nailed to a cross from a dogwood tree.
Protected and cherished this tree shall be.
A reflection to all of My agony.
Author unknown

Take a look at Janice Sumler’s lovely dogwood art here.

Dogwood trees are popular foundation plantings here in Japan. The most common variety is the pink one.

 

Deep red dogwood

A  deep red dogwood.

White dogwood flower

Above is the white variety.

When Christ was on earth, the dogwood grew
To a towering size with a lovely hue.
Its branches were strong and interwoven
And for Christ’s cross its timbers were chosen.

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