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Cornus foemina [= Cornus stricta]

Southern Swamp Dogwood, Stiff Dogwood

Scientific Name:

Cornus foemina [= Cornus stricta]

Genus:

Cornus

Species Epithet:

foemina

Common Name:

Southern Swamp Dogwood, Stiff Dogwood

Plant Type

Tree/Shrub

Plant Family

Cornaceae (Dogwood Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Size:

12-36 ft.

Bloom Color(s):

White

Light:

Sun - 6 or more hours of sun per day, Part Shade - 2 to 6 hours of sun per day

Soil Moisture:

Moist, Wet

Bloom Time:

April, May

Growing Area:

Mountains, Piedmont, Coastal Plain

Habitat Description:

Swamps, streambanks, marshes, alluvial forests.

Leaf Arrangement:

Opposite

Leaf Retention:

Deciduous

Leaf Type:

Leaves veined, not needle-like or scale-like

Leaf Form:

Simple

Wildlife Value:

Important for Wildlife

Landscape Value:

Not Recommended for home landscapes

Notes:

Previously Cornus foemina. See Weakley's Flora for a discussion of the name change.
Coast, Piedmont, rare in Mountains

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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