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The average dogwood blossom is about 4 to 5 inches in diameter.
“The word dogwood comes from dagwood, from the use of the slender stems of very hard wood for making ‘dags’ (daggers, skewers).2 The wood was also highly prized for making loom shuttles, arrows, tool handles, and other small items that required a very hard and strong wood.
Larger items were also made of dogwood such as the screw in basket-style wine or fruit presses, also made were the first styles of tennis racket’s made out of the bark cut in thin strips.
Another earlier name of the dogwood in English is the whipple-tree. Geoffrey Chaucer uses the word whippletree in the Canterbury Tales (The Knight’s Tale, verse 2065) to refer to the dogwood. Another larger item made of dogwood still bears the name of the tree from which it is carved. The whippletree is an element of the traction of a horse-drawn cart, which links the drawpole of the cart to the harnesses of the horses in file.
The name Dog-Tree entered English vocabulary by 1548, and had been further transformed to Dogwood by 1614. Once the name dogwood was affixed to the tree, it soon acquired a secondary name as the Hound’s Tree, while the fruits came to be known as dogberries or houndberries (the latter a name also for the berries of Black nightshade & alluding to Hecate’s hounds).
It is possible that the common name of Dogwood may have come because “dogs were washed with a brew of its bark, hence Dogwood.” Another name is blood-twig, due to the red colour it turns in autumn.
In botany and in colloquial use, the term “dogwood winter” may be used to describe a cold snap in spring."