Gray dogwood (Cornus racemosa)

USDA Hardiness Zones

USDA hardiness zones
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Gray dogwood (Cornus racemosa)
Zone Zone  more information
Hardy to zone 3b
Mature Height Mature Height
10 to 15 feet
Mature Spread Mature Spread
10 to 15 feet
Growth Rate Growth Rate
Sun Sun
Full Sun or Partial Shade
Moisture Moisture
All (wet, dry, and moist conditions)
Fall Color Fall Color
Attracts Wildlife Attracts Wildlife
Flower Flower
Fruit Fruit
Evergreen Evergreen
Native to WI Native to WI
Additional Information Additional Information
rounded, wide-spreading, suckering shrub; 10-15’ tall and wide; forms colonies; fast grower; purple to reddish-purple fall color; gray stems; small, creamy-white flowers in late spring; white fruit in summer produced on bright, reddish-pink stems that persist; fruit attracts birds; full sun to partial shade; adaptable to most soils and pH; tolerates wet soils; urban and drought tolerant; susceptible to leaf spot; do not shear; native to Wisconsin; hardy to zone 3b

UW Extension
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Primary Author: Dr. Laura Jull
Photos by: Dr. Laura Jull and Dr. Ed Hasselkus

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