According to my mother, the flower of the dogwood tree is significant to Christianity.
First of all, it only blooms around Easter. But that’s not the only reason. If you look closely, the tips of the white petals are crimson-colored. Combine this with the fact the flower’s petals are shaped like a cross, and you can imagine the tips of the cross stained in blood. And if you look really closely, you can see crimson spots speckled on the white petals.
And so where would Jesus be in this scenario with the flower as a cross? The center. Where there is a crown on the flower.
Maybe it’s a Southern thing. I don’t know. But it’s a pretty cool story. And I’ve learned to pay attention to signs.