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Roughleaf dogwood

Cornus drummondii

KOR-nus drum-MON-dee-eye

This dogwood can be classified as either a deciduous shrub or small tree. Appealing creamy white flowers appear in late spring and become attractive clusters of milky white fruit in fall. The first cold front often turns the leaves a dark burgundy, and the winter stem tips have a glossy mahogany hue.

Noteworthy CharacteristicsThis dogwood has four seasons of interest thanks to its attractive flowers, fruit, foliage, and bark.

CareProvide full sun to partial shade and moist, well-drained soil.

PropagationRoot cuttings in summer.

ProblemsDogwood blight, powdery mildew, Discula blight, canker, bacterial leaf spot, mushroom root rot, twig borers, weevils, sawfly, scale insects, aphids, leafhoppers, root knot nematodes, thrips.

  • Genus : Cornus
  • Plant Height : 10 to 15 feet
  • Plant Width : 10 to 15 feet
  • Zones : 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
  • Light : Full Sun to Partial Shade
  • Bloom Time : Late Spring, Spring
  • Maintenance : Low
  • Moisture : Medium Moisture
  • Characteristics : Showy Fall Foliage, Showy Fruit
  • Plant Type : Shrubs
  • Plant Seasonal Interest : Spring Interest
  • Flower Color : White
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