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Common Name: Rough-leaf Dogwood

Other Names: Rough-leaved Dogwood

Species Name: Cornus drummondii

Plant Type: Woody

Family Name: Cornaceae, Dogwood Family





Plant Facts  
Origin Native
Duration Perennial
Distribution in the U.S. Throughout the Midwest to Ohio and Mississippi River valleys west to southeastern South Dakota, eastern Nebraska and Kansas and central Texas
Distribution in Oklahoma Throughout the state



ID Characteristics

  • Field Identification Characteristics


    • Thicket forming habit
    • Reddish brown twigs with opposite leaves
    • Leaves pointed and rough; smooth edges
    • Appearance of cotton-like fibers when leaves are torn apart


    • Bunches of cream-white flowers and white berries
  • Leaf and Stem Characteristics
    • Growth Form: Shrub 
    • Leaf Type: Simple 
    • Leaf Arrangement: Opposite 
    • Leaf Blade Edge: Entire
    • Leaf Blade Length: 4-9 centimeters
  • Floral Characteristics
    • Petal Number: 4
    • Flower Color: Cream-white
    • Flower Timing: April-June
    • Fruit Type: Drupes



Soil Type Dry to moist sand, loam, clay
Habitat Openings in woods and the interface between grassland and forest
Successional Stage Early


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