painting of a Pacific Dogwood blossom
Pacific Dogwood approved stamp art

Illustrator: John Dawson

Regarded as one of the most beautiful American flowering trees, the Dogwood produces multi-petaled flowers, each up to four inches across. Usually white, but sometimes pink or near-red, these flowers bloom in early spring. In autumn they turn flaming red, coinciding with the ripening of the small red berrylike fruits.

Courtesy United States Postal Service, Postmaster General's Collection