Cornus foemina

swamp dogwood, stiff cornel


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Plant Specifics

Form: tree
Life Span: long-lived perennial
Size: Height: 10-30 ft    Width: 10-20 ft
Flower Color: flower color      white
Fruit Color: fruit color      blue
Phenology: deciduous
Noted for: Showy flowers, showy fruits, hurricane wind resistance, interesting bark


Recommended Uses: Use along streams or edges of retention areas. Can be a screen or specimen tree in moist areas. Blooms better in moderate to high light settings.
Propagation: Seed.
Availability: Native nurseries, FNPS plant sales
Light: light requirement   light requirement   light requirement  
Moisture Tolerance:
Salt Tolerance: Not salt tolerant
Soil or other substrate: Sand, loam
Soil pH Range: acidic


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Attracts pollinators. Birds and other wildlife consume the fruit. Larval host for cecropia silkmoth (Hyalophora cecropia) and spring azure butterfly (Celastrina ladon).
Native Habitats: Riverine swamps, bluffs, bluffs, gum swamps. Typically in areas of relatively brief, shallow inundation.

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range in Florida

USDA Zones:

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures

Suitable to grow in: