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Tatarian Dogwood
Cornus alba

Family: Cornaceae

Preferred Habitat: wet, swampy areas

Range: Native to Siberia, Manchuria, and northern Korea

Height: up to 3 meters (10 feet)

Leaves: simple, opposite, and elliptic-ovate, 9 cm long with acute apex, as with other dogwoods, the lateral veins do not terminate at the margin, but rather curve toward the apex, leaf surface has a blistered appearance between veins

Flowers: small yellowish white flowers occur in flat topped cymes in May to June

Fruit: white and tinged with blue, the drupes are 0.5 to 2 cm in diameter and occur in late June to early July

Location spotted: Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University

Extra information: this species is cultivated mainly through root stem cutting propagation