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Cornus racemosa

Family: Cornaceae
Genus: Cornus (KOR-nus) (Info)
Species: racemosa (ray-see-MO-suh) (Info)

Synonym:Cornus paniculata

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10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)
12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)

12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)

USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)
USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)
USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade


Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer


Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
5.1 to 5.5 (strongly acidic)
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:
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Propagation Methods:
From hardwood cuttings
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall
From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse
From seed; stratify if sowing indoors

Seed Collecting:
Allow unblemished fruit to ripen; clean and dry seeds

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2 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Rickwebb On Jan 8, 2014, Rickwebb from Downingtown, PA wrote:

I remember selling about 50 plants a season at a larger nursery in Aurora, Illinois, in the early 1980's as potted plants originally coming in bareroot. It was usually used as a deciduous screen for homeowners. I have seen it wild in some spots in fields and woodland edges in the Chicago area. It gets to be a large shrub and it does send out some ground suckers and can form a colony. It grows about 1.5/ yr. The white fruit is loved by birds and small mammals. This native shrub has handsome foliage that turns a good red fall color, nice white flower clusters in May, and nice smooth gray bark.

Positive cherishlife On Apr 28, 2012, cherishlife from Pocola, OK (Zone 7a) wrote:

It took me awhile to positively id this plant. My dad had told me it was a wild dogwood, I thought he was nuts. Turns out he was right, in a way. Most dogwood are wild, but this is a different species. The USDA database says this plant is not in Oklahoma, but I am on the border with Arkansas, about 1 mile in.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

New Haven, Connecticut
Des Plaines, Illinois
Wheaton, Illinois
Indianapolis, Indiana
Minneapolis, Minnesota (2 reports)
Frenchtown, New Jersey
Binghamton, New York
Bowling Green, Ohio
Pocola, Oklahoma
West Chester, Pennsylvania

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