- Deciduous shrub, 10-15 ft (3-4.5 m), mulitstemmed, erect, suckering. Leaves simple, opposite, 5-10 cm long, half as wide, narrow-elliptic, margin entire, green in summer and may become deep red in fall. Terminally borne flowers, small white fruit in racemes with red pedicels, pedicels persist into fall after fruit drop.
- Sun to full shade. Transplants well and very adaptable. Will withstand wet or dry soils. Its strong tendency to sucker can result in colonies being produced from a single plant.
- Hardy to USDA Zone 4 Native range from Maine to Ontario and Minnesota, south to Georgia and Nebraska.
- cornus: the Latin name for Cornus mas. racemosa: referring to the type of inflorescence, having flowers in racemes.
- Oregon State Univ. campus: along walkway to the east entrance to Kerr Administration.