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Flowering Dogwood

Cornus florida

Family: Cornaceae

Location:
  • Often planted as ornamental tree
    Flowering Dogwood tree
    Characteristics:
    • Small tree
    • Bark is checkered and dark, with a pattern that is reminiscent of alligator skin
    Flowering Dogwood bark
    Leaves:
    • Opposite, simple leaves
    • Persistent, elastic veins that curve around, following the edge of the leaf
      Flowering Dogwood leaf
      Flowers: Flowering Dogwood inflorescence
      Flowering Dogwood inflorescence
      photo copyright Dan Perlman

      inflorescences

      Fruit:
      • August-November
      • Infructescence of red (or occasionally yellow) fruit
      photo copyright Dan Perlman

      close up of inflorescence with bracts in background

      Flowering Dogwood infructescence
      Uses:

      The hard, close-grained characteristic of the white wood makes it very desirable for handles for chisels and mallets. It is also ideal for making arrows for bow fishing.

      photo copyright Dan Perlman

      infructescences


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