Sweetman and I went for a walk tonight and the dogwood grow all along the road we live on, it stays very hidden all year except in the spring when its blossoms put on a beautiful show. We have several varieties of pink, white, & a very unusual greenish white. I love to see this tree come into bloom and it always brings to mind the legend about this lovely tree. I found this poem on the internet that explains why this tree is so loved.
In Jesus' time, the dogwood grew
To a stately size and a lovely hue.
'Twas strong & firm it's branches interwoven
For the cross of Christ its timbers were chosen.
Seeing the distress at this use of their wood
Christ made a promise which still holds good:
"Never again shall the dogwood grow
Large enough to be used so Slender & twisted, it shall be
With blossoms like the cross for all to see.
As blood stains the petals marked in brown
The blossom's center wears a thorny crown.
All who see it will remember me
Crucified on a cross from the dogwood tree.
Cherished and protected this tree shall be
A reminder to all of my agony."
Again, this is just a "legend." It is a nice poem, but there is no Biblical basis to it.