|April - May|
Tree: Rounded top about 40 ft high
Bark: Very rough, reddish brown, divided
into short oblong fissures.
Leaves: pale underneath, dark green and glabrous,
scarlet in fall 2 to 5 inches long.
Flowers: 4 large bracts, pinkish to white, 1.25 to 2.5
inches wide surrounding cluster of small greenish yellow flowers.
Fruit: Scarlet red when ripe in September - October 3/8 inch long with thin acrid pulp, said to be poisonous.
In the Virginia's this plant is in grave danger of extinction do to a blight that attacks the plant in dry times. I do believe that this blight may have been brought to our native Dogwood by the fall flowering variety of the Far East. Its sad to see the once plentiful and most recognized flowering tree disappearing because of the importation of foreign species.
Location: Thin woods
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