Winter stems of the Dogwood
Photo ©2002 Marco Bleeker

Dogwood - Cornus sanguinea
Also known as - Svida sanguinea

Hedgerow shrub of bushy habitat common in Southern England growing to 4m (13ft) usually on chalk.  Recognised by red stems with opposing veined oval pointed leaves with red stalks.  Clusters of white flowers appearing May to July ripen to black berries.

Related to Cornus alba, a North American variety with grey-green hairy leaves and bright red stems in the winter.  The photo (right) shows the winter stems of Dogwood - Cornus alba.

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