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Cornus officinalis /Cornel Dogwood

Cornus officinalis  / Cornus officinalis
Spring flowers and emerging foliage
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Spring flowers and emerging foliage

A branch of the cornel dogwood in full flower

A large mature specimen in a Memphis public garden

Tufts of flowers

Multiple trunks and branching with exfoliating bark

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Scientific Name: Cornus officinalis
Common Name: Cornel Dogwood
Plant Type: Deciduous
Leaf Type: Broadleaf
Hardiness Zone: 5, 6, 7, 8 Determine Your Zone
Height: 15-20 feet
Spread: 10 - 15 feet
Bloom time: Spring
Flower color: Green, Yellow
Fruit present: Fall, Winter
Fruit color: Red
Light Exposure: Sun, Part Sun, Morning sun
Drainage: Well drained, Moist
Rate of Growth: Moderate
Water Requirement: Medium
Maintenance Level: Low
Susceptible to insects
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Comments: This is a large upright shrub or small tree that produces clusters of yellow-green flowers in spring as the foliage emerges and clusters of red fruit in late fall and winter. The exfoliating bark and the purple autumn foliage color can be addition features of this dogwood. This is an excellent plant for the naturalistic garden in the region of the country where it grows well.