The History of the Dogwood Tree
When Christ was on earth, the dogwood grew to a towering size with a lovely hue, and for His cross its timbers were chosen. Being distressed at the use of this wood He made this 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 ever be with cross-shaped blossoms for all to see." "The petals shall have bloodstains marked in brown and in the center a thorny crown. All who see it will think of me. Protected and cherished this tree shall be."