The flowering dogwood, a small tree in the Cornaceae family, is native to eastern North America. This deciduous tree may grow about 30 feet tall, and when mature, it is often wider than tall. The leaves are simple ovate leaves that turn red-brown in the fall. The small yellowish-green flowers are surrounded by four showy white bracts. The wood is used for golf club heads, mallets, wooden rake teeth, butcher blocks, and jewelry boxes.