gray dogwood - Cornaceae Cornus racemosa


Common Namegray dogwood
iTree CodeCORA6

Plant Form

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

Identification Description

Foliageoval (elliptical to ovate)shape, pointed tip, veins start at midrib and curve towards apex (acruate) Leaf Type  Information Icon Simple
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 Icon Opposite
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 zones pH LevelsSalt Tolerance
Min2a Min4.8 SoilIntolerant
Max7a Max7.4 SprayIntolerant

Shade ToleranceDrought ToleranceAllelopathy
Tolerant Moderate No

Species Status

Nebraska Native Yes Check
U.S. Native Yes Check
Region of OriginUnited States, Canada
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