This week, we have chosen one of the early blooming smaller growing trees, Cornus mas, or commonly known as ‘Cornelian Cherry Dogwood’.  Here is a larger multi-stemmed shrub or small tree, sort of rounded shape, which produces clusters of small yellow flowers sometime in March (weather pending -  usually before the forsythia bloom), lasting 2-3 weeks.  Showy edible red cherry-like berries ripen in September for a nice fall show.  No serious insect or disease issues.  Use as a hedge, screen, ornamental tree, etc.  Tolerates sun or part shade, hardy thru Zones 4-8, grows 15-25 feet tall / 15-20 feet wide, and one of the easier dogwoods to grow.