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     Gray Dogwood may lack the "flare" of Red Twig Dogwood but makes up for it with its lovely form and fine branching.  It also has its share of red, notably red tinting on its branches and red pedicles that persist into winter after the birds have picked off all the white summer fruits.


     Gray Dogwood also features brilliant fall foliage and a wild, natural habit.  Birds, especially bluebird and woodpeckers, eat the berries, and this shrub also provides nesting sites for birds and small mammals.  Gray Dogwood is a larval host to the Spring Azure butterfly and several moth species. 


     Gray Dogwood is at home in moist, sunny areas where it has room to spread.


     1st photo: Frank Mayfield

Dogwood, Gray

5 Gallons
    • Latin: Swida racemosa
    • Pollinator value: Very High
    • Wetland status: FAC
    • Size: 3-8 feet high and wide, shrub; 25 feet as a small tree
    • Light: Sun or shade
    • Soil: Wet; adaptable to drier sites
    • Blooms: Showy, white on red stalks, May and June; white summer berries; red stems persist after birds eat the berries (photo #3)
    • Foliage: Purplish fall 
    • Landscape: Informal hedge or perennial border
    • Resistance: wet, heavy shade
    • Native range here


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