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Cornus glabrata

Cornus glabrata Benth.

Brown Dogwood, Smooth-leaf Dogwood

Cornaceae (Dogwood Family)


USDA Symbol: COGL3

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

A thicket-forming shrub to small tree, growing 5-15 ft. tall; tallest in moist shade. Twigs are brownish-purple and slender. Leaves are gray-green, turning bright red in the fall. Creamy-white flower clusters are followed by bluish-white berries.

The genus cornus is Latin for a horn.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Shrub
Size Class: 12-36 ft.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr , May


Native Distribution: Throughout cismontane CA to Klamath, Jackson & Joshephine Cos., OR; more common northward
Native Habitat: Moist stream banks below 5000 ft.

Growing Conditions

Light Requirement: Sun , Part Shade , Shade
Soil Moisture: Wet
Soil Description: Moist to wet, rich soil, clay best.
Conditions Comments: Not Available


Description: Propagation is easy from seed, cuttings or rooted stems at ground level.
Seed Collection: Seeds can be stored or sown without extracting them from the fruit.
Seed Treatment: Fruit may be sown immediately or stratified for spring planting.
Commercially Avail: yes

National Wetland Indicator Status

This information is derived from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers National Wetland Plant List, Version 3.1 (Lichvar, R.W. 2013. The National Wetland Plant List: 2013 wetland ratings. Phytoneuron 2013-49: 1-241). Click here for map of regions.

From the National Organizations Directory

According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:

Santa Barbara Botanic Garden - Santa Barbara, CA

Additional resources

USDA: Find Cornus glabrata in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Cornus glabrata in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Cornus glabrata


Record Modified: 2010-09-09
Research By: TWC Staff

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