Japanese Cornelian Dogwood, Japanese (or Korean or Chinese) Cornel Dogwood
- Deciduous multistemmed shrub or small tree, to 30+ ft (9m) high. Leaves opposite,
simple, ovate to elliptic, to 12 cm long, 6-7 pairs of veins, dull green above, the underside is light
green with (but not always) red-brown tufts of hairs in the axils of veins. Flowers open in early
spring before leaves appear, yellow, in short stalked umbels (20 mm in diam.) enclosed in 4 bracts, pedicels
twice as long as bracts. Fruit an oblong drupe 1.5 cm long, bright cherry red.
- Sun or partial shade.
- Hardy to USDA Zone 5 Native to Japan, China, and possibly Korea.
- Similar to C. mas (Corneliancherry Dogwood), but C. officinalis flowers earlier and has
longer pedicels, ripens fruit later, has red-brown tufts of hairs in the vein axils
of lowers leaves, and its exfoliating bark is more colorful.