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Flowering Dogwood

The Flowering Dogwood grows to a height between 15 and 30 feet with a diameter between 6 and 12 inches.The Flowering Dogwood is found throughout West Virginia usually under the canopy of larger forest trees. The Flowering Dogwood has a reputation of being a popularornamental tree, and its wood is used for spools, golfstick heads, and wedges.

The bark of the Dogwood is reddish-brown. Leaves occur opposite between 3 and 5 inches long and 2 to 3 inches wide. Leaves are not toothed and light green on top with dark green on the bottom.

The flowers appear in April or May and unfold from circular grayish buds. Flowers appear prior to leaves.

The fruit is a bright, scarlet berry containing a seed. The red berries are favorite food for animals.

The wood is hard, strong, heavy, and close grained.The wood is pinkish to brownish in color and is verysimilar to that of persimmon.