The Legend of the Dogwood: In Jesus' time the Dogwood tree had grown to a great size, like the Oak tree. They used it to build the cross that Jesus was hung on. This made the Dogwood tree sad. Jesus sensing this sadness, promised the Dogwood tree that it would never again grow large enough to build a cross. It's branches would be narrow and crooked-not good for building at all. Now the Dogwood tree has many traits to remember this promise. The Dogwood flower has 4 pedals, Shaped like a cross. In the middle of the flower you will find a crown of thorns. At the edge of the pedals is found a nail dent stained in the color of Jesus' blood. So that's it: The Legend of the Dogwood tree.