How to Draw a Dogwood Tree

Updated July 20, 2017

The sight of a fully bloomed dogwood tree, covered in a delicate blanket of pink or white flowers, is a truly captivating one. And the sea of vivid yet lightly coloured blossoms over the body of a dogwood tree makes a wonderful choice as a subject for a drawing. Drawing a dogwood tree only requires you to draw the basic roots, trunk and branches, then add the unique surplus of bright flowers covering the majority of the exposed tree. Add to that a background and some colour and your drawing of a dogwood tree is complete.

Sketch the tree by using a pencil lightly. Draw the trunk of your dogwood tree as two parallel lines, spaced a little apart. Add roots of the dogwood tree coming from the very bottom, weaving into and around the surrounding ground.

Add a series of "snaking" main branches and smaller snaking branches coming from various parts of these main branches. Draw even smaller branches splitting out from these, too.

Add a series of tightly knit clusters of four to 12 extremely small circles at various points throughout the branches of the dogwood tree (the centres, or stigmas, of what will become flowers).

Draw a set of four leaflike petals surrounding each cluster of circles, forming flowers. Erase any branch lines that are obscured by the newly formed flowers.

Draw a landscape in the background including a skyline. Go over and darken all your previous lines with a marker or crayon and erase any excess pencil etchings. Colour in the circles that make up the stigmas of your flowers black, and colour the petals either white, pink or some variation of pink. Colour the trunk and branches brown, and add some black lines as details throughout them if you choose. Colour the background as you desire.

Things You'll Need

  • Paper
  • Pencil
  • Markers
  • Crayons
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