roughleaf dogwood Cornaceae Cornus
drummondii C.A. Mey. symbol: CODR
Leaf: Opposite, simple, ovate to elliptical, entire with arcuate veins, 2 1/2 to 5 inches long, dark green above, lighter below, both surfaces covered in rough hairs, coarser below.
Flower: Species is monoecious; small, white, in flat top clusters up to 3 inches across appearing in late spring.
Fruit: Berry-like drupes developing in flat-topped clusters, 1/4 inch in diameter, white, fruit stalks greenish, maturing late summer to fall.
Twig: Slender, purplish to red-brown or yellow-brown to green-brown, current years growth very pubescent, buds small, brown, pointed and covered in rusty hair, pith brown.
Bark: Initially smooth and gray-brown, becoming flaky and broken, eventually blocky on larger specimens.
Form: A shrub or small tree to 30 feet. May form thickets, but commonly a single stem.
Looks like: red-osier dogwood - gray dogwood - silky dogwood
Additional Range Information: Cornus drummondii is native to North America. Range may be expanded by planting. See states reporting roughleaf dogwood.
External Links: USDA Plants Database - Horticulture Information
All material © 2017 Virginia Tech Dept. of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation; Photos and text by: John Seiler, Edward Jensen, Alex Niemiera, and John Peterson