Landscape Plants of the Upper Midwest

Gray Dogwood

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Plant Information

  • Plant Type: Shrub: Large
  • Scientific Name: Cornus racemosa Play audio of plant name
  • Family: Dogwood
  • Zone: 3
  • Plant Size: 8-10'
  • Bloom Color: White
  • Habit: Upright: spreading
  • Culture:

    Extremely adaptable. Tolerates wet or dry conditions. Full sun to shade.

  • Notes:

    White flowers in June are followed by white fruit on red pedicles in late summer, with the pedicles remain colorful into early winter. Burgundy red fall color. Uses in the landscape are limited only by its size as it spreads through suckers forming small thickets.

  • Pruning:Pruning animation

    Renewal pruning is accomplished by removing the largest, oldest stems (generally 1/4 to 1/3 of the total stems) as close to the ground as possible. This will stimulate new shoots to develop below the cuts which will fill in the plant creating a more dense and pleasing habit.

    Renewal pruning should be done when the plant is dormant, late fall to early spring.

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Landscape Plants of the Upper Midwest

Bill Hoch, Associate Professor
Montana State University

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