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Plant Details

Cornus stricta

Southern Swamp Dogwood, Stiff Dogwood

Scientific Name:

Cornus stricta

Common Name:

Southern Swamp Dogwood, Stiff Dogwood

Plant Family

Cornaceae (Dogwood Family)

Native/Alien:

Native

Type:

Deciduous Shrub

Bloom Color(s):

white

Bloom Time:

April - May

Bloom Area:

Coast, Piedmont, rare in Mountains

Notes:

Previously Cornus foemina. See Weakley's Flora for a discussion of the name change.

Flowers

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Paynter, Wilmington, May 2012

Southern Swamp Dogwood

True to its name, Southern Swamp Dogwood prefers wet habitats, growing in swamps, streambanks, marshes, and alluvial forests.

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Twigs

The twigs are reddish on new growth, becoming grey with age. The pith is white.

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Leaf

Dogwood leaves have a characteristic vein pattern, with several prominent, pinnate veins that curve upward to follow the edge of the leaf.

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Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record


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