elliptic, lanceolate, ovate
April - July
A small tree with smooth, simple, opposite leaves with not appressed hairs on their upper surface and white fruits in open clusters. It is similar to roughleaf dogwood (Cornus drummondii) which has appressed hairs on the upper surface of the leaf. To identify a member of the genus Cornus gently pull the leaf in half and if it is a dogwood the veins will remain intact producing thin thread-like strands between the two halves. Flowers of C. foemina are not showy and are about 1 inch across. The twigs are smooth.
Swamps and low wet woodlands, thickets, riverbank forests, swampy to dry low open areas.