The flowering dogwood tree is a favorite ornamental among homeowners due to its year round appeal, unique branching structure and modest size. In the early spring, beautiful flowers bloom consisting of four white, pink or red bracts with clusters of small yellow flowers in the center. In fall, leaves and fruit are a stunning bright red/purple. Winter interest includes the presence of large flattened buds accented by a dark gray, brown or black alligator-skin like bark. Dogwood trees are certainly a lovely landscape specimen.