OTHER COMMON NAMES: ROUGH-LEAF DOGWOOD, NATIVE DOGWOOD
BOTANICAL NAME: Cornus drummondii (KOR-nus druh-MUN-dee-eye)
FAMILY: Cornaceae (Dogwood Family)
TYPE: Deciduous large shrub or small tree
HEIGHT: 10 to 15 feet
SPREAD: Spreading by root suckers
FINAL SPACING: 6 to 12 feet
NATURAL HABITAT AND PREFERRED SITE: Natural habitat is the edges of thickets, streams, creeks and fencerows. Rough leaf dogwood will grow well in a range of soils from sand to clay.
IDENTIFICATION INFORMATION: Thicket forming and bush. Stems are reddish and very decorative in the winter
FLOWERS AND FRUIT: Small white flowers in clusters in late spring, white fruits in the fall that disappear quickly because the birds love them.
BARK: Young stems are reddish becoming gray with age.
FOLIAGE: Rough, hairy leaves. Fall color ranges from red to deep purple. Simple, opposite, and deciduous, 1 to 5 inches long, olive green on top, paler beneath.
CULTURE: Very easy to grow in most any soils but it does spread easily by seed and suckers and can become a pest. Drought tolerant plant.
PROBLEMS: Fairly common leaf fungus which can be controlled with the Sick Tree Treatment and a spray of Garrett Juice plus garlic or potassium bicarbonate for serious problems. Can become be a very invasive plant so be careful where it is planted.
PROPAGATION: Extremely easy from stem cuttings, root division or seed which can be planted immediately after harvest.
INSIGHT: The wood is used to make woodenware products and charcoal. The fruit is eaten by several species of wildlife.