Meaning of flowering dogwood

flow'ering dog'wood

Pronunciation: [key]
  1. a North American dogwood tree, Cornus florida, having small greenish flowers in the spring, surrounded by white or pink bracts that resemble petals: the state flower and the state tree of Virginia. Also called
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