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Cornus officinalis

Common Name(s):
Japanese cornel dogwood
Cultivar(s):
Kintoki
Category:
Trees
Comment:

Easy to transplant when young; exfoliating brown, gray, and orange bark; difficulty to find in nursery trade.

 

Seasons of Interest:

   Foliage: Fall    Bloom: Summer, early   Fruit: Summer-Fall, red berries   Bark: Winter

Wildlife Value: Fruits are attractive to birds and plants provide nesting sites.  Members of the genus Cornus support the following specialized bees: Andrena (Gonandrena) fragilisAndrena (Gonandrena) integraand Andrena (Gonandrena) platyparia.

Insects, Diseases and Other Problems:  No serious insect or disease problems.

Height:
15-25 ft.
Flower:
Cluster of short-stalked, yellow flowers with drooping bracts on naked stems in early spring; 0.5 in. shiny, red fruit in clusters in fall
Zones:
5-8
Habit:
Deciduous
Site:
Sun to partial shade; range of soil types
Texture:
Medium
Form:
Picturesque; multi-stemmed; low branches; oval to round habit
Width:
10-15 ft.
Growth Rate:
Moderate
Leaf:
4 in. opposite, simple leaves; purple fall color
Tags:
cover, winter interest, small tree, nesting, deciduous, fall color, bees, birds, nectar, pollinator, specialized bees, wildlife, bark

NCCES plant id: 1967

Cornus officinalis Cornus officinalis
Hayato Hashimoto, CC BY - 2.0
Cornus officinalis Flower detail
Houromono, CC BY - 2.0