Dogwoods are some of the most popular images. It’s truly a charismatic tree, possibly because of the pure white bracts, or the fact that they are the harbinger of spring in full force. There’s something celebratory about seeing those white blossoms under the forest canopy.
Here are some interesting facts about dogwood trees:
– Originally called Dagwoods, because in the sixteenth century Europe the wood was used for daggers or spikes. If you needed to make small items from hardwood, this was the tree of choice
– Native Americans of the United States used Dogwood to make arrows because of its strength and straight branches. Blooming dogwoods were also a signal for Indians to plant corn.
– The name Dagwood changed to Dogwoods in the seventeenth century, when dogs with mange were treated with a concoction made from boiling dogwood wood in water.
– American pioneers crafted dogwood into hay forks, mallets, cogwheels, crochet hooks and knitting needles. T-squares and rulers, forks and spoons