Cornus alternifolia (alternate-leaved dogwood)

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Key Characteristics

  • Small tree, reproduces by layering, shade tolerant, prefers wet/mesic sites
  • Leaves alternate, but crowded near the ends of the shoots, appearing whorled; blades long-pointed, entire, veins parallel to the margin
  • Small tree or shrub
  • Fruit a bluish black drupe
  • Buds with more than 2 scales (not valvate)

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