Edge of the Prairiethe sand prairies and savannas of the Chicago region

    Cornus racemosa
    Grey dogwood

Gray dogwood is a medium sized, hedge forming shrub. At Big Eastern, it is most often found at the edge of an oak woods in wet sand. This example has more impressive flowers than most; it is growing on the south side of a canal in black sand, in an area occassionally flooded. The fruits are white drupes on bright red pedicels. The fruits are eaten by birds.

Cornus racemosa (grey dogwood), photograph by Marty Lucas.

In damp sandy areas, this is a good candidate for horticultural use, and has been recommended for planting under power lines. It is slow growing, but the literature suggests there is some risk of it spreading aggresively.


Cornus racemosa on the Ohio State University horticulture dept. web site.

Cornus racemosa on the Wisconsin State Herbarium site.

Cornus racemosa on TreeGuide.com.

Cornus racemosa on the Wisconsin Plant of the Week.



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