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Roughleaf Dogwood, Drummond’s Dogwood
Full to part sun; moderately wet to moderately dry moisture level; soils include sandy, sandy loam, medium loam, clay loam and clay; pH adaptable.
6-15 feet height by 6-15 feet spread; yellow flowers in spring; hard, white fruit on reddish brown twigs.
Growth Rate: Fast. Spreads by underground root sprouts that can form large colonies.
Maintenance: Subject to many disease and insect problems but most are not serious if plants are in good health. Requires pruning to develop a strong structure.
Propagation: Seed germination code E. Immersion in concentrated sulfuric acid for 1-5 hours can be used instead.
Native Region: Middle and East Tennessee, concentrated along the Mississippi River and in the Interior Low Plateau region.
Attractive, clumping shrub or small tree with ascending to spreading branches. Large showy clusters of tiny flowers. Purplish-red fall leaf color. Very adaptable plant and found in nature in a variety of settings from wet to dry but grows best in moist soil. Native habitat includes wooded areas along rivers or streams, woodland borders, floodplain woodlands, rocky upland woods, and fence rows.
Provides cover for wildlife, and various small birds nest in the thickets. Attracts butterflies, mammals, bees and at least 40 species of birds.