|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