This tough, low-maintenance shrub offers subtle year-round beauty. White panicles of flowers brighten the landscape in June. White berries attract many birds in the late summer and early fall. And the reddish-pink fruit stems persist into the winter, adding a nice color contrast to the gray bark. Gray dogwoods are great for borders, groups, and masses. They can also be grown as small trees to be used for foundations, entranceways, borders or specimen planting.
- Produces creamy white flowers and white berries
- Easily transplants and adapts to many conditions
- Provides good screen, windbreak, or borders and hedges
- Will be delivered at a height of 1’–1’6″
- The Gray Dogwood grows in zones 3-8
- Mature Height: 10’–15′
- Mature Spread: 10’–15′
- Growth Rate: Slow
- Shape: Irregular
- Sun Preference: Full Sun, Partial Shade, Full Shade
- Soil Preference: Drought-tolerant
- Wildlife Value: The gray dogwood is a forage plant for white-tailed deer. The berries appear before most other dogwoods, making it popular with the squirrels and over 100 bird species that eat the fruit. It forms a dense thicket, providing cover and nesting sites for wildlife.
The gray dogwood is native to the eastern and midwestern United States and southern Canada. Cornus is the Latin name for dogwood, and racemosa refers to the type of compound flower arrangement (raceme). Another common name is the panicled dogwood.