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Scientific name: Cornus sanguinea
The striking red twigs and crimson, autumnal leaves of Dogwood make this small shrub an attractive ornamental plant. It can be seen growing wild along woodland edges and hedgerows.

Top facts


Height: up to 10m

Conservation status


When to see

January to December


Dogwood is a small shrub, widespread along the woodland edges and hedgerows of southern England. The crimson colour of its leaves in autumn, and its strikingly red twigs, make it a popular ornamental plant, so it is frequently planted in parks and gardens. In early autumn, it produces clusters of black berries.

What to look for

Dogwood has reddish twigs, and displays umbels (umbrella-like clusters) of white flowers that turn to blackish berries. Its leaves are oval and smooth along the edges, sitting opposite each other on the twigs.

Where to find

Widespread in England and Wales.

Did you know?

The branches of Dogwood are very straight and tough, so were traditionally used to make arrows, butcher's skewers and herding poles.