The tree chosen for Jesus’ crucifixion was a Dogwood tree.
The petals of its flowers grow in the shape of the cross, each bearing the reddish mark of a rusty nail.
The legend told of why the Dogwood does not grown tall or even straight is best described below.
From the Christian tradition we say that the cross on which Jesus hung was made of Dogwood.
The tree felt his pain, so Jesus commanded that the Dogwood would never grow so big as to be used for a cross, which is why it remains among the smaller trees. Additionally as a remembrance the flowers grow in the shape of a cross with red stains and a center that resembles a crown of thorns.