To mark Easter weekend, we are pleased to release our new program on the Legend of the Dogwood Tree:
The dogwood tree is a beautiful little hardwood that grows in the Two Egg vicinity and across much of the South. The tree is known for its spectacular white blossoms that add great splendor to the spring blooming season.
According to the legend, though, the tree once grew much larger and served a more terrible purpose. Tradition holds that the cross upon which Jesus was crucified was made from the
wood of a dogwood tree.
As the story goes, the tree was both cursed and blessed because of its role in the crucifixion. God cursed it by reducing its size so that no dogwood tree would ever grow large enough to be used to crucify someone again. At the same time, however, He blessed it with its beautiful blossoms, which come out each spring just before Easter to remind us of the price that was paid for us all when Jesus Christ died on the cross.
To help in this annual remembrance, the blossoms of the dogwood tree were given special features. As you can see in the photo above, they are formed of four petals, with each blossom taking the shape of a cross.
In the center can be seen a part of the flower that symbolizes the crown of thorns that was placed upon Jesus’ head. The symbolism becomes even more apparent when it is noticed that the tip of each petal is indented, almost as if from the print of a nail.
Finally, the flowers of the dogwood tree by Good Friday of each year bear unusual red spots that appear on the beautiful white petals. These are said to represent the drops of blood that spilled from Christ’s hands and feet as he was nailed to the cross.
Some trace the story to a 20th century poem by an anonymous writer, but the legend has been told in parts of the South since at least the 1800s. It is a beautiful old story and is deeply embedded in our culture and history.
Dogwood trees can be seen blooming in Two Egg and the surrounding area from March into early April of each year.
Happy Easter from all of us at Two Egg TV!