Common Dogwood

Common dogwood, known as Cornus sanguinea, is a deciduous shrub native to Europe and Asia. It is recognised for its distinctive red stems in the winter months, which add a pop of colour to the landscape.

The Appearance

A medium-sized deciduous shrub with a dense, rounded habit and dark green leaves that turn red in autumn. It produces clusters of small white flowers followed by blue-black berries.


The Produce

Dogwood produces small, creamy-white flowers in flat-topped clusters called cymes. The flowers typically bloom in late spring to early summer.


The Flowers

Produces clusters of small white flowers in spring, followed by blue-black berries in autumn.


The Leaves

The foliage is dark green during the growing season and may turn reddish-purple in autumn before dropping.


The Bark

The bark is smooth and gray, becoming more fissured with age.


The Habitat

Prefers well-drained soils and full sun to partial shade. Commonly found in woodlands and gardens.


The Ecology

Provides habitat and food for various wildlife, including birds and insects. The berries are eaten by birds.


The Culture

Valued for its ornamental flowers and berries. Often planted in gardens and parks.


Fun Facts

Common Dogwood is known for its striking autumn foliage and its ability to thrive in a variety of soil conditions.

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