The English word, dogwood, may have come from the Middle English word "dags" meaning dagger or shower. Hence, dagswood tree.
Dagwood is an old English name for a boy and means shinning forest.
The writer's father, who loved the comic strip with Dagwood and his family. He thought it was significant that the comic strip is actually called Blondie.
Traditions are fun but often are fallacious. One such tradition is that the cross Jesus was crucified on was made of dogwood and from that time on the tree grew in distorted manners so it could never be used for a cross again. The reddish spots on the ends of the four leaves represented the blood shed for the sins of the world. However, dogwoods are not native to the Holy Land so this is simply a fabrication--but still many choose to believe this.
The largest known dogwood tree in the world in in Clinton, NC. It is 31' tall and spreads out 49'. The trunk of the tree is 114” in circumference and the tree, situated in a cemetery, still blooms in season.
There are many dogwood festivals across the land.
Natural dogwood blossoms are white. Pink dogwoods have been developed and are beautiful as are the new white dogwoods.
Pink branches can be successfully grafted onto a white dogwood which results in a bi-colored tree.
We often see what are called Japanese dogwood trees. These are the Cornus Kousa that are native to Eastern Asia. The blossoms bloom as our native dogwoods begin to loose their blossoms. Their blossoms run along the top of each branch so they can be easily seen, and extend up and down the branches. They, also, are beautiful.