This tree was donated and planted by the Lions Club of Mattoon, Illinois
Cornus florida var. rubra
May 19, 2016
Donated by Mattoon Rural King
The White Dogwood was first cultivated in 1731. A favorite in America for centuries, both George Washington and Thomas Jefferson planted it on their plantations. Early Native Americans made medicinal teas from its bark, and desperate Civil War doctors used this tea as a quinine substitute. The wood is extremely hard and has been used for weaver's shuttles, chisel and maul handles, golf club heads, and yokes.
This tree was planted by Mrs. Rachel Stuart's Fifth Grade Class.