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Dogwood trees are greatly admired for their blossom. Generally, the Dogwood blossom is thought of as the colored part of the dogwood blossom, but it isn't. The colored leaves are actually called bract and merely serve as a protective covering for the flower buds enclosed in the center. The Dogwood blossoms that appear in the spring actually developed the summer before and spent the winter nestled inside the bract. The blooms in the spring indicate the beginning of the dogwood tree's reproductive cycle.
The actual Dogwood blossom that produce dogwood seeds are a crown of greenish-yellow florets in the center of the bracts. Just like some flowers, the Dogwood blossom may need bees and other insects for pollination. Dogwood blossom bract color can range from white to pink to an almost red color.
I was attracted by the floret. It appears to be a bouquet nestled in the center of this beautiful blossom.
May 6th, 2013
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