Dogwood - Cornus sanguinea
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.
Several other species are occasionally planted in wild situations
Wood, scrub and hedgerows.
June and July.
Deciduous. The leaves often turn a rich purple-red in autumn and the bare red shoots are very conspicuous in the winter.
Fairly common in England as far north as Durham, much scarcer in the south-west of England and elsewhere in Britain.
Fairly common in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 416 of the 617 tetrads.
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