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.


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


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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