Cornus florida, Flowering Dogwood

Size: tree, 20-30' average height at maturity

Buds: flower buds usually terminal, stalked, flattened on top, about .25" wide, valvate; vegetative buds valvate, slender, almost hidden in raised leaf scars

Leaves: deciduous, opposite, 3-6" long, 1.5-3" wide, simple, abruptly acuminate, entire, nearly glabrous above, glaucus below, dark green above (but lighter than C. kousa), red or reddish purple in fall

Twigs: reddish purple, sometimes green on lower surface

Flowers: monoecious, true flowers yellowish or greenish, bracts are white in the species but pink and red in some cultivars, bracts are about 2" long

Fruit: shiny red drupe, usually in clusters of several, fall

Bark: broken into small, squarish plates, gray-brown to black

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