Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia

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Most habitat and range descriptions were obtained from Weakley's Flora.

Your search found 16 taxa in the family Cornaceae, Dogwood family, as understood by PLANTS National Database.

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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: Blackgum, Black Tupelo, Sour Gum
Weakley's Flora: (11/30/12) Nyssa sylvatica   FAMILY: Nyssaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Nyssa sylvatica   FAMILY: Cornaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Nyssa sylvatica var. sylvatica 141-01-001a   FAMILY: Nyssaceae

 

Look for it in dry or mesic upland forests, less commonly in bottomlands, pine savannas, or upland deressions, where occasionally inundated briefly

Common

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

 


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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: Swamp Tupelo, Swamp Blackgum, Swamp Gum, Water Gum
Weakley's Flora: (11/30/12) Nyssa biflora   FAMILY: Nyssaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Nyssa biflora   FAMILY: Cornaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Nyssa sylvatica var. biflora 141-01-001b   FAMILY: Nyssaceae

 

Look for it in blackwater river swamps, depressions in pinelands, pocosins, either where inundated for substantial periods of time or in more-or-less permanently saturated peaty soils

Common (rare in Piedmont)

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

 


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camera icon Common Name: Bear Tupelo, Apalachicola Tupelo
Weakley's Flora: (11/30/12) Nyssa ursina   FAMILY: Nyssaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Nyssa ursina   FAMILY: Cornaceae

 

Look for it in stringers, flatwoods depressions

Rare, endemic to the FL Panhandle

Native: Florida

 


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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: Water Tupelo, Cotton Gum, Tupelo Gum
Weakley's Flora: (11/30/12) Nyssa aquatica   FAMILY: Nyssaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Nyssa aquatica   FAMILY: Cornaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Nyssa aquatica 141-01-002   FAMILY: Nyssaceae

 

Look for it in river swamps, where inundated for substantial periods of time

Common (rare in Piedmont)

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

 


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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: Ogeechee Tupelo, Ogeechee Lime, Ogeechee Plum
Weakley's Flora: (11/30/12) Nyssa ogeche   FAMILY: Nyssaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Nyssa ogeche   FAMILY: Cornaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Nyssa ogeche 141-01-003   FAMILY: Nyssaceae

 

Look for it in river swamps and wet forests with peaty soils, also in upland depression ponds

Common (rare in SC), endemic to the Southeastern Coastal Plain

Native to South Carolina & Georgia

 


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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: Flowering Dogwood
Weakley's Flora: (2/8/20) Benthamidia florida   FAMILY: Cornaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Cornus florida   FAMILY: Cornaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Cornus florida 142-01-001   FAMILY: Cornaceae

 

Look for it in a wide variety of dry to moist forests and woodlands, especially over acidic substrates

Common

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

 


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camera icon Common Name: Kousa Dogwood
Weakley's Flora: (6/26/20) Benthamidia japonica   FAMILY: Cornaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Cornus kousa   FAMILY: Cornaceae

 

Look for it in suburban areas (it is sometimes planted as an ornamental and may persist or seed down in the immediate vicinity of the parent tree)

Waif(s)

Non-native: China, Japan & Korea

 


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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: Alternate-leaf Dogwood, Pagoda Dogwood, Pagoda Cornel
Weakley's Flora: (2/8/20) Swida alternifolia   FAMILY: Cornaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Cornus alternifolia   FAMILY: Cornaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Cornus alternifolia 142-01-002   FAMILY: Cornaceae

 

Look for it in mesic to dry-mesic forests

Common in Mountains, rare elsewhere

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

 


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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: Silky Dogwood, Bush Dogwood, Silky Cornel
Weakley's Flora: (2/8/20) Swida amomum   FAMILY: Cornaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Cornus amomum   FAMILY: Cornaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Cornus amomum 142-01-003   FAMILY: Cornaceae

 

Look for it along shores, streams, bottomlands

Common

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

 


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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: Red Osier Dogwood, Bailey's Dogwood
Weakley's Flora: (6/26/20) Swida sericea   FAMILY: Cornaceae
INCLUDING & NOMEN DUBIUM PLANTS National Database: Cornus sericea ssp. sericea   FAMILY: Cornaceae

 

Look for it in shrub swamps, bottomlands, suburban areas

Rare

Native: north & west of the Carolinas & Georgia

 


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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: Northern Swamp Dogwood, Gray Dogwood
Weakley's Flora: (6/26/20) Swida racemosa   FAMILY: Cornaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Cornus racemosa   FAMILY: Cornaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Cornus racemosa 142-01-004   FAMILY: Cornaceae

 

Look for it in wet to moist forests and thickets

Rare in NC

Native to North Carolina

 


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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: Southern Swamp Dogwood
Weakley's Flora: (2/8/20) Swida foemina   FAMILY: Cornaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Cornus foemina   FAMILY: Cornaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Cornus stricta 142-01-005   FAMILY: Cornaceae

 

Look for it in swamps, streambanks, marshes, alluvial forests

Common (rare in Mountains) (an endemic)

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

 


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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: Eastern Roughleaf Dogwood
Weakley's Flora: (2/8/20) Swida asperifolia   FAMILY: Cornaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Cornus asperifolia   FAMILY: Cornaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Cornus asperifolia 142-01-006   FAMILY: Cornaceae

 

Look for it in mesic calcareous forests and thickets, shell middens, calcareous hammocks

Uncommon (rare in Piedmont, rare in NC)

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

 


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camera icon Common Name: Midwestern Roughleaf Dogwood
Weakley's Flora: (6/26/20) Swida drummondii   FAMILY: Cornaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Cornus drummondii   FAMILY: Cornaceae

 

Look for it in open woodlands and glades over calcareous rocks (limestone, calcareous shale); also naturalized in wetlands and slopes along old railroad tracks (in VA).

Rare

Native to Georgia

 


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camera icon Common Name: Bunchberry, Dwarf Dogwood, Dwarf Cornel
Weakley's Flora: (6/26/20) Chamaepericlymenum canadense   FAMILY: Cornaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Cornus canadensis   FAMILY: Cornaceae

 

Look for it in high elevation forests, in humus or on talus, under Betula cordifolia, Picea rubens, or Pinus rigida

Rare south of PA

Native: north of the Carolinas

 


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camera icon Common Name: Aucuba, Japanese-laurel, Spotted-laurel
Weakley's Flora: (5/21/15) Aucuba japonica   FAMILY: Garryaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Aucuba japonica   FAMILY: Cornaceae

 

Look for it to be commonly planted throughout our area, rarely escaping and naturalizing in suburban woodlands

Waif(s)

Non-native: Japan & southeast Asia

 


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