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.