Cornus racemosa
Common name: 
Gray Dogwood
Red Panicle Dogwood
KOR-nus ra-se-MO-sa
Native to (or naturalized in) Oregon: 
  • Deciduous shrub, 10-15 ft (3-4.5 m), mulitstemmed, erect, suckering.  Leaves simple, opposite, 5-10 cm long, half as wide, narrow-elliptic, margin entire, green in summer and may become deep red in fall.  Terminally borne flowers, small white fruit in racemes with red pedicels, pedicels persist into fall after fruit drop.
  • Sun to full shade.  Transplants well and very adaptable.  Will withstand wet or dry soils.  Its strong tendency to sucker can result in colonies being produced from a single plant.
  • Hardy to USDA Zone 4    Native range from Maine to Ontario and Minnesota, south to Georgia and Nebraska.
  • cornus: the Latin name for Cornus mas.  racemosa: referring to the type of inflorescence, having flowers in racemes.
  • Oregon State Univ. campus: along walkway to the east entrance to Kerr Administration.
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  • plant habit, flowering

    plant habit, flowering

  • flower clusters and leaves

    flower clusters and leaves

  • flowers


  • leaves


  • plant habit, after flowering

    plant habit, after flowering

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    plant habit, tree

  • fruit and leaves

    fruit and leaves

  • leaves and ripe fruit

    leaves and ripe fruit

  • fruit stalks (pedicels) after fruit drop

    fruit stalks (pedicels) after fruit drop

  • plant habit, fall

    plant habit, fall

  • leaves, fall

    leaves, fall

  • underside leaves, fall

    underside leaves, fall

  • twigs and buds, winter

    twigs and buds, winter