The Dogwood Wildflower
Fifteen species of dogwoods grow in the United States, and although we mostly think of them as trees, they also grow as shrubs and wildflowers. A popular tree among wildlife, its bark, twigs, and berries are all used as health aides, including the twigs as a toothbrush with ground bark as toothpaste. Birds and mammals eat the fruit. Insects use the bark for mating, eating, and burrowing. Flowering dogwooods bloom in April and May, attracting many neighborhood and backyard birds such as evening grosbeaks, cardinals, cedar waxings, and woodthrushes.
“I like trees because they seem more resigned to the way they have to live than other things.”
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