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Flowering dogwood Cornus florida


A hardwood tree from the family Cornaceae found throughout Europe, Asia and the North America. Although dogwood is primarily grown as an ornamental tree, its fine-grain wood is hard and heavy. It has been used for small ornamental items and utilitarian items such as skate rollers, golf club heads, and pulleys. Since the 1970s, many dogwoods in North America have been damaged or killed by the dogwood blight disease.

Synonyms and Related Terms

Cornaceae; flowering dogwood (Cornus florida); kornel (Dan.); Hartriegel (Deut.); Hornstrauch (Deut.); cornouiller (Fr.)

Flowering dogwood Cornus florida

Other Properties

Tree height = 40 feet (maximum) Flowers = white or pink in springtime followed by red oval-shaped berries in the fall.

Density 47 ppcf

Additional Information

Schoch, W., Heller, I., Schweingruber, F.H., Kienast, F., 2004:Wood anatomy of central European Species: Common Dogwood,Cornus sanguinea L.

Additional Images


  • G.S.Brady, Materials Handbook, McGraw-Hill Book Co., New York, 1971 Comment: p. 273
  • Website address 2 Comment: Virginia Tech Dendrology website at (accessed Oct. 3, 2005)
  • CRC Handbook of Chemistry and Physics, Robert Weast (ed.), CRC Press, Boca Raton, Florida, v. 61, 1980 Comment: density=47 ppcf (0.76 g/cm3)
  • Random House, Webster's Encyclopedic Unabridged Dictionary of the English Language, Grammercy Book, New York, 1997
  • The American Heritage Dictionary or Encarta, via Microsoft Bookshelf 98, Microsoft Corp., 1998

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