Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia

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Your search found 16 taxa.

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

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

 

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
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Nyssa biflora
SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Nyssa sylvatica var. biflora 141-01-001b

 

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
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Nyssa ursina

 

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
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Nyssa aquatica
SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Nyssa aquatica 141-01-002

 

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
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Nyssa ogeche
SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Nyssa ogeche 141-01-003

 

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
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Cornus florida
SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Cornus florida 142-01-001

 

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
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Cornus kousa

 

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
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Cornus alternifolia
SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Cornus alternifolia 142-01-002

 

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
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Cornus amomum
SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Cornus amomum 142-01-003

 

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
INCLUDING & NOMEN DUBIUM PLANTS National Database: Cornus sericea ssp. sericea

 

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
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Cornus racemosa
SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Cornus racemosa 142-01-004

 

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
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Cornus foemina
SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Cornus stricta 142-01-005

 

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
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Cornus asperifolia
SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Cornus asperifolia 142-01-006

 

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
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Cornus drummondii

 

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
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Cornus canadensis

 

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
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Aucuba japonica

 

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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