The Cornus Racemosa
is commonly known as Gray Dogwood
, Gray-stemmed Dogwood
, Grey Dogwood
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Gray dogwood's main range is from Maine and southern Ontario; south
through New England and Pennyslvania; and west to Ohio, Indiana,
Michigan, Illinois, Missouri, Iowa, and Minnesota. Its southern range
is from the Appalachian Mountains of Virginia to northern Arkansas.
Disjunct populations also occur in North Carolina, Tennessee, Kentucky,
North and South Dakota, and Nebraska [2
The currently accepted scientific name of gray dogwood is Cornus
racemosa Lam. [16
]. Some authorities consider C. racemosa a subspecies
of Cornus foemina [8
]. Little [17
], however, considers it a distinct
Gray dogwood is one of the dominant shrubs in the oak-hickory
(Quercus-Carya) forests of the northeastern United States. Common
codominants include maple-leaved viburnum (Viburnum acerifolium) and
Virginia creeper (Parthenocissus quinquefolia). Other common associates
of gray dogwood include American hazel (Corylus americana), beaked
hazelnut (C. cornuta), chokecherry (Prunus virginiana), smooth sumac
(Rhus glabra), and red raspberry (Rubus idaeus) [3,23,26].
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Much of the information presented here is attributed to:
Coladonato, Milo. 1993. Cornus racemosa. In: Fire Effects Information System, [Online].
U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service,
Rocky Mountain Research Station, Fire Sciences Laboratory (Producer). Available at USDA Forest Service.