Can a dogwood that’s supposed to bloom pink actually bloom white?
So, can a pink dogwood end up blooming white too? We get that question a lot. And the answer is kind of complicated.
To start, are you absolutely certain you’re growing a pink dogwood cultivar?
If you aren’t 100% certain that your dogwood is a cultivated variety bred specifically to bloom pink, your tree may be a white one. Unfortunately, this happens a lot. Even if the plant label said “pink dogwood”, you might have bought one that isn’t going to keep blooming true pink over time.
Okay, if you know you have a pink dogwood, but it’s suddenly flowering white…
So there might be a few reasons this is happening to your tree. For instance:
- If your tree was grafted and the white flowering part is growing from below the graft point, that’s probably the issue. That’s because the root stock below the graft point comes from a tree that flowers white instead of pink. And if it is blooming pink above the graft point, that’s because a pink dogwood was grafted to that white rootstock.
- If your pink dogwood is a pink variety but not a pink cultivated variety, it may be reverting. That’s because the pink is probably a weaker genetic than the white. So, white wins.
And, if you’re wondering why your white blooms are turning pink…
As many white dogwood blooms age, the petals turn color. And often that means the white “flowers” start taking on hints of pink.
But here’s a cool fact about dogwood blooms: Those “petals” aren’t really flowers. Instead, they’re modified leaves.
And no matter what color your dogwood flowers were at the start, the reality is any dogwood bloom can change from white to pink to many other colors as they age. Sometimes they’ll even start looking burgundy or streaked with deeper colors over time.