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.

Similar Species

Several other species are occasionally planted in wild situations 

Identification difficulty

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.

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Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

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