Dogwood

Cornus spp.

There are seven dogwoods in the Park. See Wikipedia entry here.
Two dogwoods in the southeast triangle in May, looking west. A tall redbud is behind these two dogwoods with a black pine at far right.
Dogwood factoids:
  • There are about 60 species in this genus, including the popular ornamentals Cornus florida and Cornus kousa.
  • Although nondescript in summer, they are notable for the profusion of spring flowers and their late summer berries.
  • Legend has it that Christ was crucified on wood from a dogwood tree, and the flowers can be deconstructed into "...four white bracts cross-shaped representing the four corners of the cross, each bearing a rusty indentation as of a nail, the red stamens of the flower representing Jesus' crown of thorns, and the clustered red fruit representing his blood." (from Wikipedia).
  • Our dogwoods seem to be Cornus florida, which develop elongated berry-like fruit in late summer. Unlike most other dogwoods, this species has inedible fruits.
Clusters of elongated fruits, each containing one seed, on dogwood in southeast triangle in July.
Dogwood in northwest triangle in July
Dogwood in southwest triangle in July, looking south
Not doing too well

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