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Is it against the law in Virginia to cut down a Dogwood tree

Madison, VA |
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The Dogwod tree is the stae of Virginia official tree. Is it protected by law from being cut down

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I am not admitted in Virginia, and can only give general advice. Generally, it is not legal to cut down plants without the permission of the owner of the land. However, a governmental agency may have the right to do so for health and safety reasons. Dogwoods (cornus florida) are not considered endangered plants by the Federal government, although I am not sure about the status in Virginia. I know that in New York they are fairly common trees.


It is the state flower and tree, but it is not a protected species. You can cut it down if it is on your property.

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