Mexican Flowering Dogwood


Can you tell me if the Mexican Flowering Dogwood has a noticeable aroma. The flowers are so amazing I was just wondering if they were also heavily scented.
Thank you!


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Cornus florida subsp. urbiniana also know as Mexican dogwood or Magic dogwood is  an exotic Mexican variant of the more common dogwood Cornus florida. This unusual variety is noted for its flower bracts, which are fused together, resulting in an amazing display of snowflake-like spirals and shapes and like snowflakes, no two flowers would appear to be exactly alike.

This variety of dogwood comes from the mountain regions of eastern Mexico and is hardy to Zone 6 USDA (equivalent to zone 7 in Canada).

There has been no mention in the literature that dogwoods have much of a scent. The one exception might be with the variety ‘Fragrant Cloud’, which is listed to having a slight floral fragrance.

One of our archived posts titled Mexican Dogwood contains information on growing requirements for this beautiful unusual understory tree.