Is this dogwood? All the pictures of dogwood I see have larger flowers. This grows wild all over my area in northern PA. Leaves match the description of dogwood, but can't find any with flowers like this. Any help is appreciated!
Before I started my internet search I was thinking dogwood, crabapple, or mountain laurel. I was thinking that only because I know they all grow here (Zone 5) and I wasn't sure what any of them looked like. I can't match all the attributes of any of these to these shrubs around here. I'm no expert though. I caught the bug this year to identify the wild plants in my area. I found a couple invasives on my property including crown vetch (CV) and garlic mustard (GM). The CV and GM are duking it out with each other right below the shrubs in my pictures.
These wild shrubs have five-petaled flowers with five stamens (if that's helpful). I've never seen fruit of any kind on these, but I wasn't really paying attention! The CV's and GM's are leaving these alone. ;)
Thanks Clay. This has been driving me nuts. The description and photos at the USDA site seem to match mine pretty well. I'll have to read more, but it looks like I might be the lucky owner of another invasive. Oh well, thanks again for the help.