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The Legend of the Dogwood tree,

I have an amazing dogwood tree in my front yard and wanted to share some pictures of it. In doing so, I thought about the legend and wanted to share it too.  It’s such a beautiful time of year and the flowers will be gone soon, to be replaced by fresh green leaves.  I had been out of town and hoped that I didn’t miss the show it puts on each year, now for you to enjoy!  Get out there and do some yard work!

Legend of the Dogwood

An old and beautiful legend says that, at the time of the crucifixion,
the dogwood was comparable in size to the oak tree and other monarchs
of the forest. Because of its firmness and strength it was selected
as the timber for the cross, but to be put to such a cruel use
greatly distressed the tree. Sensing this, the crucified Jesus
in his gentle pity for the sorrow and suffering of all said to it:
“Because of your sorrow and pity for My sufferings, never again
will the dogwood tree grow large enough to be used as a cross.
Henceforth it will be slender, bent and twisted and its blossoms
will be in the form of a cross ~ two long and two short petals.
In the center of the outer edge of each petal there will be
nail prints ~ brown with rust and stained with red ~ and in the center
of the flower will be a crown of thorns,
and all who see this will remember.”

 Sharing at Centsational Girl


  1. Thank you so much for the beautiful pictures and the story of the Dogwood Tree. My dad loved dogwood trees because of their beauty and the story. I cannot help by hear “The Old Rugged Cross” in my mind. God Bless, Jan


  2. Thank you SO MUCH for linking up to WHASSUP WEDNESDAY!!! Great entry:)

    Hope to see you next Wednesday!


  3. Wow! My dogwood died a few years back and I think I will have to replace it with another. Stunning photos! I absolutely love the third photo, we see the remnants of a spider web. Beautiful!
    Thanks for joining by blog, glad to have you along.

  4. Beautiful Tree … Beautiful Story

  5. Beautiful tree and story, Debbie. I’m trying very hard to grow more dogwoods in our yard; they’re trying! I have 1 that is very pretty in the front yard and I love it…dogwoods certainly grace the world.

  6. Thanks Deb!! I love this story of the dogwood! The dogwood is one of my favorites!

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