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Cornus racemosa

Graytwig Dogwood

Plant Type:


Cornus racemosa ​(syn. ​Swida racemosa​) - 3 available. Gray Dogwood is native for us in northeastern Connecticut. White flattened cymes from 1.5 to 2.5 inches diameter give way to white fruits on juicy red pedicels. The berries sport a black spot at the apex where petals once ruled. Autumn leaf color is bronze to red-maroon. Winter interest isn't bad: second and third-year wood is and earthy chalk red; first year twiglets are deep, glossy ruby. Nice! Gray Dogwood is useful as a wildlife plant, in a larger, mixed wildlife hedgerow or allowed to colonize near a stand of tall trees where it will form an attractive thicket. Cornus racemosa feeds the birds and will provide safe sanctuary for a number of bird species that nest closer to the ground. Fertile soil. Sun will likely encourage shorter, denser and more floriferous shrubs that will develop nicer autumn leaf color. Gray Dogwood isn't a dog... so to speak and affords really good autumn interest, attractive in all other seasons. It is certainly underutilized and worthy of consideration. Gray Dogwood's nativity is from Maine to Ontario/Minnesota, south to Georgia and Nebraska. Cutting grown.

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5-6 ft


9-12 ft



Characteristics and Attributes for Cornus racemosa

Season of Interest (Flowering)

  • Late Spring

Season of Interest (Foliage)

  • Spring / Summer / Autumn

Autumn Interest

  • Fruit / Berries / Seed Heads
  • Autumn Leaf Color

Nature Attraction

  • Honey Bees & Native Bees
  • Butterflies
  • Songbirds


  • Mostly Sunny
  • Full Sun


  • Natural Garden
  • Ground Cover
  • Massing
  • Wildlife Garden
  • Shrub Border
  • Hedgerow

Growth Rate in the Garden

  • Medium


  • Fertile
  • Draining

Propagated By

  • Cutting Grown

Genus Overview: Cornus

Cornus. The Dogwoods come in many sizes – low growing shrubs to rounded trees. Many have beautiful winter wood, beautiful flowers and berries for wildlife. Most have terrific fall foliage color. They are indispensable in a garden with almost all species and cultivars sporting 4 seasons of interest. All prefer fertile soils that retain some moisture between rainfalls. Many if not all are a presently a botanical Latin taxonomic tangle. In fact, taxonomists have been very busy renaming both trees and shrubs to the point that they have managed to do to Dogwoods what they foisted upon Asters. For the nursery owner the outcome is nothing but a monstrous tangle of confusion for nurseries and customers alike. And as much as I rail against common names I now use the word "aster" as I utilize "dogwood" for the sake and ease of lubricated communication. Ours are being offered under monikers that are currently embraced by most folks in the industry but followed parenthetically with the swanky new names foisted upon us all by the taxonomists... those elusive, ghostly beings who secretly impose as do the FISA court judges in the U.S. (Uh oh, they've begun an FBI folder on me!!!) We take many of our cues from the esteemed Michael Dirr... not regarding FISA courts or the FBI. You know what I mean. All of our offerings are cutting grown.