Native Plant Database

Callicarpa americana. Photo: Mervin Wallace

Roughleaf Dogwood

Cornus drummondii
Plant Type: Trees
Native Environment: Savanna / Woodland
Season of Interest:
Main Color: Green
Fall Color: Purple, Red
Hardy From Zone:
Hardy To Zone:
Sun Exposure 
Full Sun
Soil
Moisture
Dry, Moderate
Nature Attracting
Wildlife Benefit
Cover, Nesting, Butterfly / Moth Host, Butterfly / Moth Nectar
Animal
Resistance
Size

Height:

8 to
15
feet

Spread:

6 to
12
feet
Size
Height: 8 to
15
feet
Spread: 6 to
12
feet
Size
Height: 8 to
15
feet
Spread: 6 to
12
feet
Typical Landscape Use
A tough, hardy plant that is very adaptable. Use on woodland edges or as a thicket for wildlife habitat and bordering an area.
Establishment and Care Instructions
Thrives in harsh, dry situations, but will grow almost anywhere in full or partial sun. Moist and clay soil tolerant as well.
Special Features
Special Usage
Basic Description

This tree can be trained (as any good dog can be!) into a nice specimen small tree, or left as a multi-stemmed shrub. Very tough and resilient! Flat clusters of tiny white flowers are blooming by late spring. The foliage is a medium green and rough to the touch, turning a beautiful burgundy in early fall. The summer fruit is white, ripens in late summer and holds into fall.

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