Dogwood - Cornus sanguinea

    Description

    Shrub to 4 metres with dark red twigs. Leaves opposite, elliptical to oval pointed untoothed, hairy with 3-4 pairs of main veins. Flowers dull white 8 to 10 mm in umbel like clusters. Fruit almost globose black when ripe.

    Identification difficulty
    Habitat

    Wood, scrub and hedgerows.

    When to see it

    June and July.

    Life History

    Deciduous. The leaves often turn a rich purple-red in autumn and the bare red shoots are very conspicuous in the winter.

    UK Status

    Fairly common in England as far north as Durham, much scarcer in the south-west of England and elsewhere in Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Fairly common in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 416 of the 617 tetrads.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map