Roughleaf Dogwood


Common Name: Roughleaf Dogwood

Botanical Name: Cornus drummondii

Description: A common understory shrub in the eastern half of the state, roughleaf dogwood has shiny green leaves, showy clusters of creamy white flowers from May to August, round white fruit, and red foliage in the fall. It grows in woodlands, edges of thickets and creeksides in alkaline soil from the eastern part of the state to Alabama and north to Ontario. Although it is usually multi-trunked, it can be pruned to a tree form. The hard white fruits ripen from August to October, and provide food for at least 40 species of birds, making it an important wildscape plant. Roughleaf dogwood prefers some moisture, but can tolerate dry conditions if it is planted in deep soil. It can adapt from full sun to heavy shade, but flowers and fruits better the more sunlight it receives.

Size: 16' H x 16' W

Sun/Water: Sun to part shade. Water regularly until established, somewhat drought tolerant.

Zones: 4 - 9