Gray Dogwood is a native, gray-stemmed, thickly-branched shrub. Its flat-topped inflorescences hold a profusion of creamy white flowers. In fall, white fruits borne on bright red bracts and the purple foliage create a great backdrop for other native species. The berries are a lipid-rich food source for migrating fall birds. This shrub can grow in dry and sandy as well as moister soils. Side note, this plant forms colonies in the wild and may spread in gardens. Mature size is approx. 6-8′ tall and wide.
Photo credit: McKay Nursery
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