gray dogwood - Cornaceae Cornus racemosa

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Taxonomy

FamilyCornaceae
GenusCornus
Speciesracemosa
Common Namegray dogwood
iTree CodeCORA6

Plant Form

FormShrub: multi-stemmed, spreading via roots
Height15 feet
Spread15 feet
DeciduousYes

Identification Description

Foliageoval (elliptical to ovate)shape, pointed tip, veins start at midrib and curve towards apex (acruate)Leaf Type Information IconSimple
Needles0
Barkgray, smooth; then slightly rougher and cracking with age
BudSlender extended ovoid shape, concluding in a slightly curved point, flower buds much larger than vegetative buds.Bud Arrangement Information IconOpposite
Twiggray, or reddish brown, slender
Flowerwhite a spherical to pyramidal shaped panicle
Fruitspherical "berry" (drupe), white to pale blue in color; fruit stems (pedicels) bright red
Fall Colorpurple, red

Site Characteristics

USDA Zones   info for zonespH LevelsSalt Tolerance
Min2aMin4.8SoilIntolerant
Max7aMax7.4SprayIntolerant

Shade ToleranceDrought ToleranceAllelopathy
TolerantModerateNo

Species Status

Nebraska NativeYes Check
U.S. NativeYes Check
Region of OriginUnited States, Canada
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