An old legend has it that,at the time of the
crucifixion, the dogwood was comparable in size to the oak tree and other
monarchs of the forest. Because of its firmness, strength and abundant size
the Dogwood actually was selected as the timber for the cross that crucified
Jesus Christ. However to be put to such an inhumane and greatly cruel use
truly changed the face of the tree forever. It still grows and blooms every
year very near to the time when Christ was crucified and rose from the
dead. But never again would the Dogwood tree grow large enough to be used
as a cross. Henceforth it's trunk would be slender, bent and twisted and
its blossoms would be in the form of a cross ~ two long and two short petals.
In the center of the outer edge of each indented petal there are "nail prints"
~ brown with rust and stained with red~ And in the center of the flower there
is a crown of thorns. The lovely tree and blooms bear symbolic signs of how
the greatest love of all mankind was slain.