Japanese Cornelian Dogwood
Korean Cornelian Dogwood
Chinese Cornelian Dogwood
Native to (or naturalized in) Oregon:
- Deciduous multistemed shrub or small tree, to 30+ft (9m) high. Leaves opposite, simple, ovate to elliptic, to 12 cm long, 6-7 pairs of veins, dull green above, the underside is light green with (but not always) red-brown tufts of hairs in the axils of veins. Flowers open in early spring before leaves appear, yellow, in short stalked umbels (20 mm in diam.) enclosed in 4 bracts, pedicels twice as long as bracts. Fruit an oblong drupe 1.5 cm long, bright cherry red.
- Sun or partial shade.
- Hardy to USDA Zone 5 Native to Japan, China, and possibly Korea.
- Similar to C. mas (Cornelian cherry Dogwood), but C. officinalis flowers earlier and has longer pedicels, ripens fruit later, has red-brown tufts of hairs in the vein axils of lowers leaves, and its exfoliating bark is more colorful.