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Shrub Species of the Dogwood (Cornus) Genus

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Roughleaf Dogwood (Cornus drummondii)

The Cornus genus contains more than 50 species of mostly flowering deciduous shrubs. Some species grow as small trees and some of the woody species are evergreen. Some species are herbaceous perennials. Dogwoods are very diverse, growing natively in North America, Asia, Europe

The Cornus genus is split into the following subgenera;

  • Subgenus: Cornus. The Cornels
  • Subgenus: Swida. The Dogwoods
  • Subgenus: Chamaepericlymenum. The Bunchberries or Dwarf Cornels
  • Subgenus: Benthamidia. The Flowering Dogwoods

Dogwoods are well known for their striking colors, even though most are deciduous, they provide a change of colors during the year. Many have deep green colors in the spring and summer months, with brilliant white flowers. During the Autumn months the leaves turn orange-yellow and then fall to reveal their striking red or orange-yellow stems and branches. Many varieties are given names that include Red-Twigged or Yellow-Twigged as part of their identifying name.

Facts about the Cornus Genus of Shrubs
  • Genus Scientific Name = Cornus
  • Genus Common Names = Dogwood
  • Number of Taxa in the Cornus Genus = 52

List of Dogwood Shrubs, Cornus Genus - All known species, taxa on Earth, organized by scientific Latin botanical name first and common names second.

Botanical, Latin, Scientific Shrub Name Common Shrub Name Coldest Zone Warmest Zone
Cornus alba White variegated Dogwood 3 8
Cornus alba 'Aurea' Red Barked Dogwood, Tatarian Dogwood 3 8
Cornus alba 'Ivory Halo' Ivory Halo Dogwood 3b 7
Cornus alba siberica Coral Red Dogwood 3 8
Cornus amomum Silky Dogwood 2 8
Cornus chinensis var. jinyangense Chinese Dogwood, Korean Dogwood 8a 8b
Cornus florida 'Eternal' Flowering Dogwood 5 9
Cornus nuttallii 'Ascona' Pacific Dogwood, Western Flowering Dogwood 7 9
Cornus racemosa Greytwig Dogwood 2 8
Cornus sericea 'Flaviramea' Yellowstem Dogwood, Yellowtwig Dogwood. Golden Twig Dogwood. 2 8
Cornus sericea 'Hedgerows Gold' Red Twigged Dogwood, Redosier Dogwood 4 8
Cornus sericea 'Isanti' Isanti Dogwood 4 8



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