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 10 taxa in the family Cornaceae, Dogwood family, as understood by Weakley's Flora.

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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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