Gray dogwood

An American dogwood - known for its gray bark.
Common name : Gray dogwood
Scientific name : Cornus racemosa
Family : Cornaceae
Category : Shrubs
Type of plant : Perennial
Cornus racemosa - the northern swamp dogwood - is a species in the family Cornaceae native to southeastern Canada and the northeastern United States. It is a shrub growing to 1.2 to 3 m (4 to 10 ft) high, with gray bark and white flowers - and leaves turning from red-green to a gray-green in the summer, and then to purple in autumn.

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Caracteristics

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Frost-resistance High
Zone USDA 5a
Height 100 - 300
pH 6 - 7

Identify my gray dogwood

These dogwoods have colorful stems during the winter, on which grow opposite, simple, whole leaves. The flowering is in corymbs of small white flowers.

Plant my gray dogwood

Plant from the end of autumn to the beginning of spring, in the sun, in all types of soil except very rich earth. Don't bury the base of the plant too deeply. Tamp down the earth around the roots, form a shallow basin and water until no more can be absorbed.

Mulch my gray dogwood

Mulch in November each year with deciduous wood chips to protect the soil — especially for the first few years — and limit the need for weeding.

Water my gray dogwood

The first month, water twice a week.

Prune my gray dogwood

In March, every year, prune all the branches, just flush with the ground; this operation is called coppicing, it forces the plant to re-emit stems from its roots. If you notice that your shrub is weakened by competition from taller plants, trim it every other year.

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