First observed by Clark C. Boyd Sr. as a chance seedling in 1966, this dogwood was first sold and patented by Boyd Nursery in McMinnville, Tennessee in 1981. It has leaves that are initially are light purple on both upper and lower surfaces. As the leaves mature, this light purple coloration gradually changes to a dark purple coloration. Additionally, some mature leaves partially may exhibit a suffused dark green appearance in addition to the dark purple coloration. The distinctive purple coloration is substantially retained throughout the growing season and into the fall when frost removes the foliage. The purple coloration is neither lost nor diminished even when the tree is grown in unobstructed sunlight. The blossoms consist of four dark red bracts and are approximately 3 to 4 inches in diameter. When grown at McMinnville, Tennessee, blossoms commonly are present during the last week of April throughout most of May.