Dogwood and Easter

The Dogwood tree is one of my favorite trees. We have one in the front yard and one in the back. The Dogwood trees always bloom just in time for Easter. They produce beautiful flowers to remind us of God’s promise and whoever looks upon it will never forget.

You see, there is a legend behind the Dogwood tree. The story is not biblical fact but can be used as a tool to teach us some of the meanings of Easter. 

The Dogwood tree used to stand tall, straight and strong. It is said to be the timber used to build the cross that Jesus was crucified on. This made the tree sad so God promised it would no longer grow tall or strong enough to carry the weight of anything else. This is why you never see a straight branch on a dogwood tree and the branches are weak and fragile. 

The blossoms of the Dogwood tree are white to represent purity and in the shape of a cross. The outer edges of the petals are brown or red with tiny holes. This represents the nails that were driven through Jesus hands and feet and the blood he shed. 

The Center of the flower represents the crown of thorns that was worn on Jesus head. 

Though this legend of the dogwood tree may or may not be biblically true, the story that God sent his only son to to die on the cross for you and me, is.
You can read about the crucifixion of Jesus in the books of the Bible, Matthew, Mark ,Luke and John. 

Let’s remember the true meaning of Easter.....

And then let’s eat some of those Reese’s peanutbutter eggs!


  1. wonderful Easter lore. dogwoods have beautiful blossoms. enjoy those peanut butter eggs. HAPPY EASTER.

  2. Mama related that to me many years ago. Yes, whether that was fact or not, it still relates and is SWEET. This is going to be an Easter to remember!
    Love from over near your old high School!

  3. I've heard that about the Dogwood. Love the trees too. The pink ones especially.

  4. We have an ancient dogwood tree in our yard. We love that tree.

  5. I've never heard that description, but it's beautiful. We have a few on our farm! And I certainly have a few reeses peanut butter eggs in the kitchen cabinet :-)