Around Broken Bow, OK there are just certain times a year when we look around and realize what a special piece of paradise we have! Spring is definitely one of those times and one of the main reasons centers on the blooming of our beautiful dogwood trees.

Broken Bow is just a friendly, quaint city in McCurtain County surrounded by the Ouachita Mountains, the Red River, Broken Bow Lake and Beavers Bend State Park. It is an area rich in diverse scenery and offers locals and visitors countless activities in which to take part. Hunting, fishing, boating, cycling, hiking, horseback riding, and golfing are just a few of the wonderful choices to pick from. During the spring, any one of these fun activities will get you outdoors and provide you with a front row seat to the blooming dogwood trees and the diversity of our landscape.

The dogwood tree is a deciduous tree native to North America and is actually the state tree of Virginia. It typically grows to around thirty feet tall and can spread up to thirty feet wide. The blooms, which can range in color from white to pink to red, make their appearance for two to four weeks in early spring and make this tree a stunning natural addition to our landscape. The dogwood tree also brings great color in the fall and often has bright red berries in the winter.

If you are wondering if you can plant your own, the answer is yes! It is suggested though to take great care and find the right place and conditions. This type of tree does best when surrounded and protected by other trees and when planted in partial shade.

For visitors or locals that are true nature lovers at heart, here are some other types of trees you can find in the area:

Black walnutFlowering dogwoodRough leaf dogwood

Eastern red cedar


Kentucky coffee treeSeveral types of oakPine


Western soapberry






If you are in need of a spring getaway, do not miss out on catching the dogwood blooms in their full glory. Guests at the Beavers Bend Creative Escapes bed and breakfast won’t have a shortage of great places to see and things to do in Broken Bow, OK. In fact, the dogwood tree is the inspiration for our popular annual festival, Dogwood Days, happening April 5, 2014 in Idabel, OK. You can visit a previous blog post for festival details. We are here for you! Contact us for more information on all of the wonderful things we have going on in our special piece of southern paradise.