Tree-dimensional Tacoma: Flowering Dogwood
There is something comforting about the succession of new trees blooming each week,” says Sarah Low, executive director of the Tacoma Tree Foundation. “Flowering dogwood, or Cornus florida, is one of a few trees that have just started blooming. The horizontal branching gives the flowering dogwood an especially beautiful architecture, which should be preserved whenever possible. The eye-catching “flowers” that are present now are really bracts or leaves; the real flower is in the center of the showy bracts and you have to get up close to see it. Flowering dogwood has a special spot in my heart because it is the tree of my childhood, a tree that I got up close to, examining the bark and gazing up at the leaves for hours. You can gaze up at several flowering dogwoods, and some other species of dogwoods, in McCormick Park on South Fawcett Avenue between South 9th and South 11th.”
The flowering dogwood, is a species of flowering tree in the family Cornaceae native to eastern North America and northern Mexico. An endemic population once spanned from southernmost coastal Maine south to northern Florida and west to the Mississippi River. The tree is the focus of this week’s Tree-dimensional Tacoma, Peaks & Pints’ weekly Tacoma tree column. Inspired by our house beer, Kulshan Brewing Tree-dimensional IPA, Peaks & Pints branches out for a weekly look at terrific trees of Tacoma, in conjunction with our friends at Tacoma Tree Foundation.
Check out the flowering dogwood in McCormick Park, then fill a growler of Tree-dimensional IPA (6.8%) at Peaks & Pints. Kulshan Brewing collaborated with the Tacoma craft beer lodge on their house beer. Paying homage to the outdoor enthusiasts who join Peaks daily in Tacoma’s Proctor District, Tree-dimensional IPA is the perfect beer to toast the powder, currents or trails, as well as reveal the sprains. Tree-dimensional IPA, or Tree-D, continues Peaks & Pints’ love affair with old school piney IPAs, this time brewed with Simcoe, Idaho 7, CTZ, Centennial, and whole leaf Cascade in the hop back for all the pine, a little citrus, with a creamy mouthfeel and bitter finish. The Tree-D is in cans, too!
Tacoma Tree Foundation is dedicated to educating, empowering, and supporting community members in neighborhood-based greening. In other words, the Tacoma organization strives for a greener, healthier, more connected Tacoma — which plants well with Peaks and Pints. We will host TTF fundraisers during Tree-dimensional IPA’s reign as our house beer, which pours through October 2020.