The Legend of the Dogwood

Seeing this beautiful dogwood in bloom this morning, I was reminded of a story which my Grandmother told me as a boy in Western North Carolina:

The Legend of the Dogwood:

In Jesus’ time, the Dogwood tree had grown to a great size, like that of an Oak tree! They used it to build the cross that Jesus was hung on. This made the Dogwood tree sad. Jesus, sensing this sadness, promised the Dogwood tree that it would never again grow large enough to build a cross. It’s branches would be narrow and crooked-not good for building at all.

Dogwood--for legend