Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


384

Tree
Perennial

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia
Documented growing wild in GA NC SC

Common

Look for it in dry to moist forests & woodlands, per Weakley's Flora

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full sun partial shade shade ...Moist ...Variable ...Dry

LEAVES:
Deciduous
Simple
Opposite

FLOWER:
Spring
4 white or pink bracts surround a cluster of yellowish flowers
Bisexual
4-merous
4 petals
Inferior ovary

FRUIT:
Summer/Fall
Red
Drupe

 

TO LEARN MORE about this plant, look it up in a good book!



Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Asterids: Cornales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Cornus florida   FAMILY Cornaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Cornus florida   FAMILY Cornaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 142-01-001:
Cornus florida   FAMILY Cornaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933)
Cynoxylon floridum

SYNONYMOUS WITH New England Wildflower Society’s Flora Novae Angliae (Haines, 2011)
Benthamidia florida

 

COMMON NAME:
Flowering Dogwood


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USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_cyfl7_001_lvd

        

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JK Marlow    jkm0401c_30

January    Pickens County    SC

Roadside

Twigs with stalked terminal buds and a jointed appearance, per Woody Plants of the Southeastern US: A Winter Guide.

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JK Marlow    jkm160330_167

March    Pickens County    SC

How could anyone let a dogwood be swallowed up by English Ivy?

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Roxanna Martin    rlm32111_20

March    Spartanburg County    SC

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Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_cornus_florida

March        

Most laymen erroneously think that the showy white bracts are petals, per Great Smoky Mountains Wildflowers.

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JK Marlow    jkm0004b_05a

April    Greenville County    SC

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JK Marlow    jkm170430_452

April    Greenville County    SC

Hypanthium appressed-hairy, completely adnate to ovary; sepals 0.5-0.8mm, per Flora of North America.

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Roxanna Martin    rlm4311_125

April    Spartanburg County    SC

Its true flowers are clustered in the center of white petal-like bracts, per Newcomb's Wildflower Guide.

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Roxanna Martin    rlm4711_101

April    Spartanburg County    SC

Flowers bisexual, yellowish-green, about 1/4" across, with 4 petals, per Native Trees of the Southeast, An Identification Guide.

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Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_c_florida_4_27_06_1

April        

Cornus leaves have pinnate veins that curve to run parallel with leaf margins, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

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Steve Marlow    snm090412_030

April    Greenville County    SC

Chestnut Ridge Heritage Preserve

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Steve Marlow    snm140519_105

May    Jackson County    NC

Big Ridge Preserve

A silky thread is present when the leaves are pulled apart lengthwise, per www.missouriplants.com.

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JK Marlow    jkm120913_750

September    Greenville County    SC

Clusters of egg-shaped red berries feed a diverse group of wildlife, per Gardening with the Native Plants of Tennessee.

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JK Marlow    jkm120913_750b

September    Greenville County    SC

Remnants of other floral parts still visible at the top of the inferior ovary.

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JK Marlow    jkm120913_756

September    Greenville County    SC

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Paul Thompson    pstcornus_florida

September?        

Note the glaucous bloom on young stems and leaf undersides. — Clemson Extension

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JK Marlow    s061021_b

October    Greenville County    SC

Autumn foliage crimson to purple, per Native Trees of the Southeast, An Identification Guide.

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Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_c_florida_1_bark

December    Floyd County    GA