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Gray twig dogwood is a deciduous shrub bearing dome-shaped clusters of white flowers in late spring. The flowers give way to clusters of small white berries held on licorice red stems, a delightful contrast. Gray-green leaves turn dusky purple-red in fall. This thicket-forming shrub is a good source of food and cover for birds and other wildlife. Can be used as a hedge and for erosion control on slopes.
Attracts butterflies, host plant for Spring Azure butterfly Nutritious white berries have licorice red stems Attracts Cardinals, Downy Woodpecker, Northern Flicker and Eastern Bluebirds Tolerant of a wide range of conditions including poor or wet soils Unique glossy,black-green leaves stand out against mahogany-re new growth Easy to grow, can be trimmed into a hedge
Stream banks, old fields and thickets; Maine to southern Quebec and Manitoba, south to Illinois, Missouri, and Virginia.
Map Credit: The Biota of North America Map Key: Green (native), Teal (native, adventive), Blue (present), Yellow (present & rare), Red (extinct)
Gray twig dogwood gets its common name because the young branches and twigs are brown to red but the older branches are gray.
Very easy to grow cultivar with a refined habit. Grows best in moist, well-drained soil but adapts to almost any soil condition. Tolerates city air pollution. Trim roots with a spade and promptly remove root suckers if you don't want plants to spread and form a thicket. Prune some of the oldest branches to the ground every year for more colorful new growth.