Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center
Southern Wetland Flora
Field Office Guide to Plant Species
Cornus drummondii C. A. Meyer
- Family: Dogwood (Cornaceae)
- Flowering: May-June
- Field Marks: This is the only dogwood with short hairs on the upper surface of the leaves,
making it rough to the touch.
- Habitat: From moist to wet soil, frequently along streams, rivers, levees, and margins of
- Habit: Small tree to 30 feet tall, with an open, irregular crown.
- Bark: Reddish brown, scaly, shallowly furrowed.
- Twigs: Slender, pale brown to gray, smooth or slightly hairy.
- Leaves: Opposite, simple, elliptic to narrowly ovate, pointed at the tip, tapering or rounded at
the base, without teeth, rough on the upper surface with short hairs, paler and hairy on the lower
surface, up to 4 inches long, up to half as wide; leaf stalks hairy, up to 1/2 inch long.
- Flowers: Several in round-topped clusters, white.
- Sepals: 4, green, very small.
- Petals: 4, white, free from each other, about 1/8 inch long.
- Stamens: 4.
- Pistils: Ovary inferior.
- Fruits: Drupes white, globose, about 1/4 inch in diameter, 1-seeded, on red stalks.
- Notes: The fruits as they are developing have a rancid odor. The veins of the leaves are typical
of all dogwoods and curve along the margins.
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