WHITE DOGWOOD

Cornus alba

Dogwood Family [Cornaceae]

Flowers:
month8jun month8june month8jul month8july

Berries: berryZpossible        berryZgreen berryZwhite  (inedible)
berry8aug berry8sep berry8sept berry8oct berry8nov

status
statusZneophyte
flower
flower8white
inner
inner8cream
morph
morph8actino
petals
petalsZ4
type
typeZclustered
type
typeZumbel
stem
stem8round
toxicity
toxicityZlowish

8th Aug 2007, park, Burnley, Lancs. Photo: © RWD
Many upright stems close together taking on the appearance of a single shrub, standing up to 1.3m tall.


8th Aug 2007, park, Burnley, Lancs. Photo: © RWD


8th Aug 2007, park, Burnley, Lancs. Photo: © RWD


8th Aug 2007, park, Burnley, Lancs. Photo: © RWD
The leaves are opposite and deciduous and have 6 (or 7) pairs of curving lateral veins (whereas Dogwood (Cornus sanguinea) has just 5)


8th Aug 2007, park, Burnley, Lancs. Photo: © RWD
Flowers white to cream.


8th Aug 2007, park, Burnley, Lancs. Photo: © RWD
Unopened flower buds have a squarish appearance from above.


8th Aug 2007, park, Burnley, Lancs. Photo: © RWD
Flowers bisexual with four white petals with four stamens and an ovary in an almost flat umbel or corymb.


22nd Sept 2012, Parbold, Leeds & L/pool Canal, Lancs. Photo: © RWD
Berries can be either creamy-white, white, or bluish-white.


22nd Sept 2012, Parbold, Leeds & L/pool Canal, Lancs. Photo: © RWD
The stones are in the shape of flattened ellipsoids (rather than flattened sub-globose for Red-Osier Dogwood).


22nd Sept 2012, Parbold, Leeds & L/pool Canal, Lancs. Photo: © RWD
Berries green at first.


8th Aug 2007, park, Burnley, Lancs. Photo: © RWD
Leaves stately finished and poised with few if any minor warps or wrinkles.


8th Aug 2007, park, Burnley, Lancs. Photo: © RWD
The stems are red, like many other Dogwoods.


8th Aug 2007, park, Burnley, Lancs. Photo: © RWD
About the only distinguishing feature said to be exhibited by White Dogwood over that of the otherwise very similar Red-Osier Dogwood (Cornus sericea) are the wide leaves that abruptly taper to a concave point (the botanical term is 'abruptly acuminate') at the apex, unlike Red-Osier Dogwood which is said to taper gradually to a concave point ('tapering-acuminate').


Easily confused with : Flower [a plant of similar name]

Not to be semantically confused with : Flower [a plant with similar name]

Easily mistaken for : Flower

Easily mis-identified as : Flower

Hybridises with : Flower

Some similarities to : Flower

Slight resemblance to : Flower

Superficial resemblance to : Flower

Lookee-Likees : Flower

Uniquely identifiable characteristics

Distinguishing Feature :

No relation to : Flower [a plant with similar name].

Just like Red-Osier Dogwood, the berries are white or cream to pale blue. Because the leaves are said to be the only difference between the two some authorities think that they may in actual fact be one and the same plant.


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Distribution
 family8Dogwood family8Cornaceae

 BSBI maps
genus8Cornus
Cornus
(Dogwoods)

WHITE DOGWOOD

Cornus alba

Dogwood Family [Cornaceae]