Legend of the Dogwood

There is a Christian legend of unknown origin that proclaims that the cross used to crucify Jesus was constructed of dogwood. As the story goes, during the time of Jesus, the dogwood was larger and stronger than it is today and was the largest tree in the area of Jerusalem. After his crucifixion, Jesus changed the plant to its current form: he shortened it and twisted its branches to assure an end to its use for the construction of crosses. He also transformed its inflorescence into a representation of the crucifixion itself, with the four white bracts cross-shaped, which represent the four corners of the cross, each bearing a rusty indentation as of a nail and the red stamens of the flower, represents Jesus’ crown of thorns, and the clustered red fruit represent his blood.  (Credit Wikipedia)

Saturday was the 5th birthday of my youngest nephew… he wanted to go to Silver Dollar City, or as his older brother calls it “Steal Your Dollar City”  (*smiles*).  The dogwood trees are typically in full bloom this week of each spring in south Missouri however, they are just beginning.  In fact, this could have possibly been the only bloom unfurled on this tree.  In a week it will be absolutely georgeous in Branson.  How wonderful to be born when the dogwoods bloom!!

I hope everyone has a beautiful Easter!

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~ by kcjewel on April 4, 2010.

4 Responses to “Legend of the Dogwood”

  1. Dogwoods are so pretty and the legend is beautiful.

  2. I have read of that before: it is an interesting legend. They are beautiful trees when they are in bloom. The first I ever saw were growing as part of an azalea garden in Wilmington North Carolina and I’ll never forget them.

  3. Beautiful bloom, kcjewel. Too warm here for dogwoods, but I do love to see their elegant beauty.

  4. That is too bad. I heard you all were having some violent weather.
    I miss dogwoods!

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