Cornus foemina (gray dogwood)

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Key Characteristics

  • Shrub often existing in dense thickets (many stemmed clones)
  • Bark smooth
  • Leaves opposite, simple, ovate to lanceolate, long acuminate, latex filled
  • Felt tipped pen buds
  • White drupe
  • Clonal by rhizomes
  • Sometimes found in dry habitats
  • Twigs slender, lenticels prominent, winter buds small, oblong

Sourced from "Michigan Shrubs"


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