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botanical name:
Cornus officinalis
Cornus officinalis © Deeproot Plant Base
common name:  Dogwood
family:  Cornaceae
characteristics: tree
height: 7.50m
width: 5.00m
growth rate: medium
growth habit: bushy
leaf colour: green
flower colour: yellow
fruit colour: red
stem/bark: brown
main season: February
edible symbol edible
medicinal symbol medicinal
aspect: full sun, part shade
conditions: moist soil, clay soil
preferred soil pH: any
minimum temp: -20°C
USDA zone: 6 to 8
Vigorous, large spreading shrub or small deciduous tree, frequently multi-stemmed. Deep green leaves, turning red-purple in autumn. Rough, flaking, brown bark. Umbels of small yellow flowers in late winter before the leaves appear. Edible, bright red fruit.
Similar in appearance to Cornus mas, but with a somewhat more open habit and attractive bark, it also flowers slightly earlier.

Fruits and bark are used medicinally, particularly in China.

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