Cornus racemosa, Gray Dogwood

Size: shrub, 10-15' average height at maturity, 10-15' spread

Buds: flower buds terminal, more rounded and much larger than vegetative buds, slightly appressed

Leaves: deciduous, opposite, 2-4" long, 1-2" wide, simple, narrowly ovate to lanceolate, long acuminate tips, margins entire, gray-green to dark green, sometimes purplish red in fall

Twigs: orange-brown, contrasting with older gray stems, narrow black band below leaf scar

Flowers: monoecious, whitish, in panicles up to 2 wide, at tips of every branch, late spring bloom

Fruit: blue-white or white, .25", late summer, pedicels reddish-pink, last into winter

Bark: Gray

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