Definitely Dogwoods

Dogwoods and Magnolias are in a dead heat as far as which is the most popular flowering tree for the front yard and yet, given their longer blooming time and ease of care, I think Dogwoods are the clear frontrunner. Add to this their dramatic autumn foliage, attractive fruits (with some of them being edible) and restrained growth habit; all of which broadens their seasonality and usefulness in the context of smaller urban gardens. To help guide you through your options I’ve created a species overview that highlights some of the better cultivars.