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Trees of Iowa: An Interactive Key

Roughleaf Dogwood
(Cornus drummondii)



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The Roughleaf Dogwood is a deciduous multi-stemmed shrub or medium sized slender understory tree that grows 4 to 15 feet (maximum 50 feet), with a diameter of 2 to 8 feet (maximum 10 feet).

Hardiness: zones 4 - 9

Growth Rate:
Fast

Mature Shape:
Oval

Height:
15 to 25 feet

Width:
10 to 15 feet

Site Requirements:
Full sun to partial shade in well drained soils, very drought tolerant

Flowering Dates: May - June

Seed Dispersal Dates: August - Winter

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Seed Bearing Frequency:

Seed Stratification: Prechill for 1 month at 40F

The rough sandpapery upper surface of the leaves distinguishes it from other dogwoods, wooly underneath, egg-shaped or elliptic with 3 to 5 pairs of veins. The leaves are 2 to 5 inches long. The flowers bloom from May to June; small white in round clusters. The fruit are white and ripen from August to October. A native of North America and common in rich soiled woodlands.

 

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Roughleaf Dogwood Flowers Roughleaf Dogwood Form Roughleaf Dogwood Fruit