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Cornus drummondii

Roughleaf Dogwood

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Cornus drummondii (Roughleaf Dogwood)

This hardy shrub or small tree produces flat clusters of tiny white flowers in late spring. The medium green leaves turn a beautiful burgundy in early fall. The summer fruit is white and is an important food source for birds and a number of mammals. A single specimen can be trained as a single trunked small tree or left to grow as a multi-stemmed shrub. It occurs naturally in thickets along roadsides and fencerows. Single trees will form thickets if the suckers are not pruned back.

Additional Information:


Height
8-15 Feet

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Spread
6-12 Feet

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USDA Hardiness Zone 4-8

Home Owner Growing and Maintenance Tips:

Good Companions
Eastern Redbud (Cercis canadensis), Flowering Dogwood (Cornus florida), Serviceberry (Amelanchier arborea), Green Hawthorn (Crataegus viridis), Scarlet Oak (Quercus coccinea), Cherrybark Oak (Quercus pagodifolia), Overcup Oak (Quercus lyrata), Sycamore (Platanus occidentalis)

Characteristics & Attributes

Hydrologic Designation

FAC

Nature Attracting

Butterfly
Beneficial Insects
Songbird

Season of Interest

Mid (May-June)
Late (July-frost)
Winter (Nov-Mar)

Soil Moisture

Moderate
Average
High

Special Features

Good Berries

Sun Exposure

Full Sun
Medium Sun/Average Shade

USFS MO Ecological Map

Wildlife Benefit

Butterfly Host
Food/Birds
Nesting
Cover
Food/Small Animals