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Gray Dogwood

( Cornus racemosa )

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Gray Dogwood
Panicled Dogwood
Cornaceae
Cornus
Cornus racemosa
Lamarck
MB, ON, QC
Cornus foemina ssp. racemosa
Cornus paniculata
Characteristics

Shrub

Deciduous

4

Sun, Partial Shade

Sand, Loam

Normal, Moist

No

No

No

No
Habitat Considerations

Boreal Shield, Mixedwood Plains, Prairies

Woodland, Forest Edge, Wet Meadow/Prairie/Field, Riparian, Swamp/Marsh, Lakeshores

Pond Edge/Wetland Garden, Pond/Standing Water, Bird, Hedgerow/Thicket/Windbreak/Screening, Woodland
Design Considerations

100 cm

400 cm

May - Jul

White/Cream

Yes

Yes

White

Yes

Spring Azure| Gossamer Wings

No

No

Yes

Yes


No

Squirrels, Birds, Butterflies, Butterfly Larvae, Bees

No
Conservation Status



Interesting Tidbits

This shrub will grow in thickets, the edge of prairies, slopes and on roadsides. (Missouri Plants) Seeds need a cold period before germination can occur. Cuttings can also be taken in the fall for reproduction. Fruit eaten by Northern Cardinal, Downy Woodpecker, Northern Flicker and Eastern Bluebird. Small mammals and birds take advantage of its shelter. Shrub is resistant to disease. (Wildflower Centre) Garden Uses: This shrub is effective in shrub borders, along streams, or ponds, near buildings, or when planted as a screen. Can be useful because of its ability to grow in poor soil. (Missouri Botanical Garden) The white berries appear on red stalks. The bare branches are conspicuously red in the winter. Deer browse on dogwood year-round.


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