The Dogwood Tree Legend

The dogwood trees are blooming out beautifully this year.

Dogwood blosoms

Dogwood blossoms

Another view.

Another view. The blossom in the center does look like a cross.

There is a legend about the dogwood tree being used as the material to make the cross on which Christ was crucified. Since dogwoods do not even grow in Israel, and the Bible doesn’t mention a curse on anything but a fig tree, we know this legend is not true.

Click on this site for the whole story… legend of the dogwood tree.

There is a poem, however, about the dogwood tree that is a sweet reminder of what Christ did for us. When we look at the dogwood blossoms and see the cross, crown, and blood stained petals, it helps us to forget about easter bunnies, and colored eggs, and reflect on the real Easter message.

The Legend of the Dogwood
“When Christ was on earth, the dogwood grew
To a towering size with a lovely hue.
Its branches were strong and interwoven,
And for Christ’s cross its timbers were chosen.

“Being distressed at the use of the wood,
Christ made a promise which still holds good:
‘Never again shall the dogwood grow
To be large enough for a tree, and so,
Slender and twisted it shall always be,
With cross-shaped blossoms for all to see.

“’The petals shall have bloodstains marked brown,
And in the blossom’s center a thorny crown.
All who see it will think of me,
Nailed to a cross from a dogwood tree.
Protected and cherished this tree shall be,
A reflection to all of my agony.’”

I hope everyone has a HAPPY EASTER as we all remember what Christ did for us.


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