How to Draw a Dogwood Tree

In this quick tutorial you'll learn how to draw a Dogwood Tree in 5 easy steps - great for kids and novice artists.

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At the bottom you can read some interesting facts about the Dogwood Tree.

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How to Draw a Dogwood Tree - Step-by-Step Tutorial

Step 1: Start by drawing the roots. Draw a small bundle of wavy lines in the shape of an oval.

Step 2: Next, draw the trunk of the tree. Draw a straight line going up from the root on the far left. Do the same thing for the right side.

Step 3: Then, draw the branches. Draw a diagonal line coming out of the left side of the top of the trunk. Leave a little space and draw another line the size of your last one. Now you have a branch! Draw the same thing on the right side and all through the top, middle of your trunk.

Step 4: Now, draw the twigs that come off of the branches. At the end and along the sides of all your branches, draw a straight line coming out and then a “V” at the end.

Step 5: To finish up, draw the flowers. All over the tree, draw two small circles right next to each other and then two more small circles right underneath. Draw as many flowers as you want!

Interesting Facts about Dogwood Trees

Dogwood Trees are small flowering trees that are very popular for landscaping. The trees grow to about 25 feet tall and 25 feet across. Dogwoods grow naturally in the eastern United States. They produce an eye-catching display no matter what the season. In spring the Dogwood blooms in pretty flowers. These flowers are normally white or pink and have four fat petals around a small bead like center. In the summer Dogwoods have dark green leaves that make them great for a garden display. In autumn those leaves turn a bright red and really make quite a show. Finally in winter, the tree grows red berries that are eaten by birds and squirrels looking for a meal.

Did you know?

  • An old folk legend says that the tree Jesus Christ was crucified on was a Dogwood. After the death of his son, God made the tree smaller so it couldn’t be used for any more crosses.
  • Dogwood wood was used to make gulf club heads because it was hard to crack.
  • Gardeners suggest pruning Dogwood Trees after their spring blooming. This way the gardener can keep the tree in a nice shape and help it bloom even more the next year.
  • Dogwood roots were used to make scarlet fabric dye.
  • The Dogwood is the state tree of Missouri, North Carolina, and Virginia in the United States.

Activity: Many areas have Dogwood festivals. If it is possible, then plan a field trip to one of these celebrations. If a festival isn’t possible, then maybe a local garden has Dogwoods on display.