Legend of the dogwood
"At the time of Crucifixion
the dogwood had been the size of the oakand other forest trees.
So firm and strong was the tree
that it was chosen as the timber for the cross.
To be used thus for such a cruel purpose
greatly distressed the tree,
and Jesus nailed upon it, sensed this.
In His gentle pity for all sorrow and suffering
Jesus said to the tree:
'Because of your regret and pity for My suffering,
never again shall the dogwood tree
grow large enough to be used as a cross.
Henceforth it shall be slender and bent and twisted
and its blossoms shall be in the form of a cross
--two long and two short petals.
And 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 it will remember.'
The pink dogwood is said to be blushing
for shame because of the cruel purpose
which it served in the Crucifixion.
The weeping dogwood further symbolized the sorrow.
The red dogwood, called the Cherokee, bears
the color to remind us of the blood shed by our Savior."
- Author Unknown