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Cornus racemosa 'Geauge'

Gray Dogwood

Gray twig dogwood is a deciduous shrub bearing dome-shaped clusters of white flowers in late spring. The flowers give way to clusters of small white berries held on licorice red stems, a delightful contrast. Gray-green leaves turn dusky purple-red in fall. This thicket-forming shrub is a good source of food and cover for birds and other wildlife. Can be used as a hedge and for erosion control on slopes. 

Benefits

Attracts butterflies, host plant for Spring Azure butterfly
Nutritious white berries have licorice red stems
Attracts Cardinals, Downy Woodpecker, Northern Flicker and Eastern Bluebirds
Tolerant of a wide range of conditions including poor or wet soils
Unique glossy,black-green leaves stand out against mahogany-re new growth
Easy to grow, can be trimmed into a hedge

Homeowner Growing and Maintenance Tips

Very easy to grow cultivar with a refined habit.  Grows best in moist, well-drained soil but adapts to almost any soil condition. Tolerates city air pollution. Trim roots with a spade and promptly remove root suckers if you don't want plants to spread and form a thicket.  Prune some of the oldest branches to the ground every year for more colorful new growth.


Height
7-8 Feet

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Spread
4-5 Feet

USDA Hardiness Zone 3-8

Native Range

Stream banks, old fields and thickets; Maine to southern Quebec and Manitoba, south to Illinois, Missouri, and Virginia.

Native Trivia

Gray twig dogwood gets its common name because the young branches and twigs are brown to red but the older branches are gray.


"The abundant nutritious berries of this plant attract me and many of my feathered friends."

Characteristics & Attributes

Plan Sub Group
Deciduous Trees
Exposure
Filtered Shade
Sun
Soil
Wide soil tolerance
Soil Moisture Preference
Average
Dry
Moist
Moist but well-drained
Wet
Attracts Wildlife
Butterflies
Songbirds
Bloom Time
Late Spring / Early Summer
Habitat Collection
Butterfly
Dry Shade
Songbird
Wet Sun
Native Habitat
Forest
Grassland
Riparian, wetland
Foliage Color
Green
Uses
Bog, water garden
Drought tolerant
Erosion control
Hedge, screen
Mass plant
Naturalizes
Ornamental fruit
Wind tolerant
Native to
Arkansas
Connecticut
Delaware
Illinois
Indiana
Iowa
Kentucky
Maine
Maryland
Massachusetts
Michigan
Minnesota
Missouri
Nebraska
New Hampshire
New Jersey
New York
North Carolina
North Dakota
Ohio
Pennsylvania
Puerto Rico
South Carolina
South Dakota
Texas
Vermont
Virginia
West Virginia
Wisconsin