Legend ties dogwood to the Easter story
Friday, March 30, 2018
Posted by: Jennifer Olivares
The showy white flowers and distinctive bark of the dogwood tree make it a popular ornamental tree, but the tree’s blossoms have also become symbols of Easter.
Jay Hiers, Orangeburg superintendent of parks, said the dogwoods, which have white, pink and red varieties, are blooming ahead of schedule this year because of the recent above-normal temperatures.
“I was shocked. Everything’s running about three weeks early. Because of it being up in the mid- to high-80s, everything is just going full force,” Hiers said. “I’ve already seen some dogwoods in bloom in town.”