They ... led him off
to be nailed to a cross.
As the legend goes, the dogwood tree was used to make Jesus' cross. The tree was cursed by Jesus and was made to not grow strong after that. The flowers make a cross and on the end of each petal are red scars denoting the wounds Jesus bore. The center appears to be a crown of thorns like the one Jesus wore at his death. The story is a legend but every year when I see the Dogwood Tree, it reminds me of the suffering of my Lord...a beautiful reminder of a not so beautiful event.
Read one person's account of the legend HERE.
Photo from my personal files.