- Seedling Size: 12-24″
- Seedling Age: 2-0
- Mature Height: 5 – 10 feet
- Mature Width: 5 – 9 feet
- Soil Type: Broad Range, Prefers Well-drained
- Moisture: Dry, Moderate, Moist
- Sun: Full Sun, Partial Shade
- Growth Rate: Slow
Key Characteristics of Gray Dogwood
- In the late spring, white flowers bloom at the tip of the branches.
- Gray dogwood bark is shaggy.
- Leaves are simple and alternately arranged on twigs.
- White berries are produced during the summer on bright red branches.
Vistors Attracted to Gray Dogwood
Help Control Invasives!
Gray Dogwood makes a great alternative to invasive honeysuckle species (Lonicera spp.), which replace native plants in high quality natural areas, which in turn reduces critical food resources for birds, butterflies, and other wild creatures. Invasive honeysuckles in particular affect native ecosystems by throwing off the balance. While their flowers do provide nectar to birds and pollinating insects and the berries are food for birds and small mammals, the foliage is unpalatable to most native insects. Songbirds especially rely on insects to feed for their young to survive the growing season (click here for more info).