I really like dogwood trees... every spring I admire their beauty as I drive around the city. I have never had a dogwood tree and I have never been close enough to take pictures of one until this year. They are such beautiful trees and I would love to have one in my yard.
I have often thought that it would be a great tree for our yard, but we haven't had room for another tree. We do like trees and we have decided there is no more room for trees on our 1/4 acre property.. so no more trees until we move to more property, if we ever do. :)
We did cut a redbud tree down a week ago, so I wonder.... Hmmm.... how would a dogwood tree do if we planted one there? It would be beautiful, BUT I remember my experience with the lovely Wisteria... and how I should have done my homework on it before I bought it.
Beware of the Lovely Wisteria!
After I remembered that, I decided to do some research on the dogwood tree. One thing I found is that it is an understory tree-it doesn't get very large and it likes some shade-especially in the afternoon. Sounds perfect for the spot I have in mind. :)
Another important thing to me about more permanent plantings in my yard is if they have any other uses to me. I love figuring out how to use what is in our yard... like the pine trees
Pinecones-Are They Edible? Hmmm...
Pine Needle Carpet , the peach tree, blueberry bushes and more. It sort of makes them doubly useful... so, I needed to continue my research.
From different sources, I found that various parts of the tree are beneficial.... the inner bark, berries, twigs, flowers, peel, and leaves. Wow. Some interesting things I found were:
-Dogwood was used in the south during the Civil War for malarial fevers and chronic diarrhea
-Native Americans used dogwood "chewing sticks" and in 1830, it was noticed that their teeth were very white.
-the bark has been used to make an ointment....that has been used as a substitute for Quinine, and to treat fever and pneumonia
- twigs can be used as toothpicks and toothbrushes
-A tincture can be made from the leaves or bark... to treat eczema, skin infections, intestinal parasites, gout and more.
-has been used as a tea to bring fevers down
-parts have been used externally as a poultice for ulcers and sores
-has been used as an astringent, stimulant, tonic and more.
-the fruit can be made into marmalade or syrup
There is still more research to be done, but what I have found makes me think that I would be happy to have the dogwood tree in my yard. I'm not sure how I would choose between the white or pink or red, but I'll figure that out if we ever decide to get one..... and if the price is cheap enough. :) It sure would look nice in the island bed near where the redbud tree was. Hmm... It isn't necessary, but you never know... sometimes I come across a wonderful sale.... I'll probably be watching. :)
Thank you for visiting my blog today. What I wrote here is the result of some limited research I did... but I would always encourage you to do your own research before using the information here. I was not researching to use these ideas.. I was only researching to see if the Dogwood is a tree that would be beneficial to us... and my conclusion is yes, it certainly would be beneficial. :)
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