Many people claim that Dogwood trees smell bad. Beautiful white flowers that stink? Something smells fishy here… but good news: it’s not the Dogwood tree!
– Leaves: smooth & shiny on both sides – Flower: white blossoms – Fruit: light pink – Wood: weak, cracks & splits easily – Scent: Rotten fish, semen, “chlorine musk”
Overall, the biggest thing that will cause your Dogwood tree to smell is if you haven’t acquired a Dogwood tree but instead have a Bradford pear.
Scientists suspect that the noxious smells produced by Bradford pears are caused by toxins such as volatile organic compounds (which are molecularly similar to ammonia), tannins, and phenols.