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Dogwood Tree Legend is a Two Egg Favorite
by Dale Cox
|Copyright 2009 by Dale Cox
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The legend of the beautiful little dogwood
tree is retold each Easter in Two Egg.
Two Egg, Florida - One of the favorite old
legends told in the Two Egg area each
Easter is the story 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
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.
It is a beautiful old story that has been told for
many years and is deeply embedded in the
culture and tradition of the Two Egg area.
Dogwood trees can be seen throughout the
area in late March and early April of each year.