| On June 20, 1955, the flowering
dogwood (Cornus florida L.) became Missouri's official tree.
The tree is small in size, rarely growing over 40 feet in height
or 18 inches in diameter. The dogwood sprouts tiny greenish-yellow
flowers in clusters, with each flower surrounded by four white
petals. The paired oval leaves are olive green above and covered
with silvery hairs underneath. In the fall, the upper part of
the leaves turn scarlet or orange and bright red fruits grow
on the tree.