With its red tipped twinges of rust, the newly formed blooms of the Dogwood bear witness of its Christian symbol. It is told that the Dogwood trees grew strong and tall. Its branches were straight and used by the best carpenters. It was sought after as the wood for making the stakes upon which the condemned were placed during the days that Jesus walked the earth.
When Jesus was to be sentenced to death by the cross, a request went out to fashion a stake made of the mightiest of these trees. A Dogwood was chosen that stood the tallest in the forest. A cross was created by the finest of craftsmen. The Dogwood tree was chosen as the wood that would be the last to touch the saviour as he died upon its branches.
On the day that Jesus died, the Dogwoods began to morn. When God saw their anguish, he promised them they would never again bear such a burden. They would never again grow to the height required for such an occasion. They will grow twisted and slender. The flowers would be shaped in the form of a cross. Upon the tips of the blossoms would be the tinge of rust representing Jesus’ blood.
From the day of Jesus crucifixion, the Dogwood tree no longer grows as the tallest and strongest. It now grows gracefully and blooms in Spring where there is joy in the renewing of life. As the blooms mature, the red begins to fade and white becomes more dominate. White is symbolic for forgiveness through the blood.