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Common Dogwood

Cornus sanguinea

Also known as

Blood Twig, Prickwood, Skewer Wood, Swamp Dogwood, Catteridge Tree, Common Cornel, Dog Cherry, Houndberry Tree, Pegwood, Prick Timber, Dogberry, Dog Tree, Gadrise, Gatten Tree, Gattar Tree, Blood-Twig Dogwood, Dogwood, Red dogwood

Cornus sanguinea marais-la-chaussee-tirancourt 80 30052007 1 by Olivier Pichard (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Full Sun
Moderate care
Moderate watering
Frost Hardy


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature

Expected size








10 years to reach maturity


  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

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Common Dogwood Overview

Cornus sanguinea has many common names including Dogwood, Common Dogwood and Dog Cherry. It is a deciduous shrub species from the Cornaceae family. Originating from Europe to Lebanon, this is a commonly found plant and many cultivars have been developed for garden use. It has an upright, bushy habit, producing attractive grey, stems which develop red colouration in the winter. Leaves are produced from black, bristly buds. The foliage also displays nice autumn colouration, turning from green to red. Leaves are oval in shape measuring up to 6cm long. Creamy-white, 4-petalled flowers are produced in the summer, in flat-topped clusters, leading onto clusters of black, berry fruits. Grow in full sun to partial shade, in moist, well-draining soil.

Common problems with Common Dogwood

How to propagate Common Dogwood




Propagate from seed or rooted layers struck in a moist sand-peat mixture.

Special features of Common Dogwood

Attractive leaves

Autumn colour

Winter colour

Hedge plant

Ground cover

Other uses of Common Dogwood

Banks, hedging


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