December 5th, 2015
Dogwood Arts’ Community Tree Planting Day
For the seventh year in a row, Dogwood Arts, along with local nursery partners, have sold and planted over 7,200 April-blooming, disease-resistant dogwood trees! This program was established with the goal of restoring the former vitality and beauty of the dogwood tree population in our East Tennessee communities.
Visit these participating garden centers for larger dogwood trees and other blooming trees, bulbs, and shrubs to enrich your yard and for blooms this spring
XXWhy Plant a Dogwood Tree?
Found naturally in over one third of all Tennessee counties, Cornus florida or flowering dogwood, is among the state’s favorite trees. It is one of the most beautiful smaller trees around, bringing ornamental value to the landscape year-round. It blooms in April, the perfect month to notice its beauty.
A flowering dogwood has beautiful green leaves in the summer, brilliant red fall color, and outstanding form and bark texture in the winter. However, it is recognized for its spring flowers the most.
Did you know? The large petals (bracts) are not actually flowers at all. If you look closely, you will see there are around 20 true-flowers in the center of each bloom.
Yes! Dogwoods have gorgeous showy branches, but they also attract wildlife! Giant silk moths and several species of butterflies create their homes among the dogwood trees. The trees’ spring flowers also provide nectar to our pollinating insects, including bees and spring azure butterflies. American robins, northern mockingbirds, and sparrows build nests on the trees’ horizontal branches, and many others seek shelter in its leaves. And there’s also the high-fat, fleshy, and red fruit produced in the winter that more than 35 species of birds will eat.
Why Plant Trees?
- Property Values and Commerce
- Treed neighborhoods and business districts are attractive to prospective buyers and consumers, creating the opportunity for increased sales
- Energy Savings
- In tree-shaded neighborhoods, the summer daytime air temperature can be 6 degrees cooler than in treeless areas
- A well planned landscape can reduce an unshaded home’s air conditioning costs by 15-50 percent
- Air Quality
- Trees absorb pollutants and store carbon, reducing the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere
- Drainage and Stormwater Mitigation
- Trees help rain soak into the ground rather than run off the surface
- Health and Quality of Life
- Trees add beauty to our neighborhoods, create recreational opportunities, and provide relief to physical and visual stress
- Research shows that children are able to concentrate, complete tasks, and follow directions better after playing in natural settings
Not quite sure how to plant or care for your dogwood trees?
Five-minute Demonstration by Knoxville Botanical Garden & Arboretum’s Brian Campbell & Mathew McMillan
Are there Bazillion Blooms trees planted in your neighborhood?
Send us a picture, or your street name & zip code, and we’ll add it to the map!
Would you like to consider having trees planted In Memory of loved ones who have passed? Please call us at 865.637.4561 or you may purchase your “In Memory Of…” tree online. Dogwood Arts will be honored to arrange for the dogwood tree[s] to be planted in public land in Knox or surrounding counties where they will add beauty to our surroundings, improve our air, and be a beautiful reminder of lost ones. A donation of $25 or more recognizes your gift and provides for one tree.
2015 Participating Garden Centers for larger dogwood trees and other flowering trees, bulbs, and shrubs:
City of Knoxville
UT Institute of Agriculture
Bazillion Blooms Planning Committee
Vivan Vega, Committee Chair
Amy Styles, Committee Secretary