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Dogwood, White Flowering – 12-18″ (2-0)
White flowering dogwood (Cornus florida) is perhaps the showiest of native shrubs. Plant it in a warm micro-climate, as the flower buds might occasionally be killed in zone 5 (it does not occur naturally in Michigan north of Lake County). It is also important to provide it the proper conditions to avoid disease issues. White flowering dogwood prefers organic, rich soils in partial shade, with average moisture in well-drained soil.