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Gray Dogwood

Plant Leaf

Full Plant

Plant Berry/Flower

Latin Name: Cornus racemosa

Flower Description:

Shrubby plant that is a member of the dogwood genus Cornus. White flowers.

Season BloomMay-June
HabitatTolerant of both moist and dry sites. Prefers partial shade. Used in erosion control and for wildlife habitat. Fruit eaten by birds and other wildlife. Used by many bird species including Northern Cardinal, Downy Woodpecker, Northern Flicker and Eastern Bluebird. Larval Host to the Spring Azure.
Leaf DescriptionLeaves are narrow to oval, 1-5" long. Autumn color is dull red. Fruit is white 1/4" berries on red stalks, and persists until early winter.
Soil Type Wet
Light Source Shade, Partial Shade, Sun
LocationShoreline, Rain Garden, Woodland