Cornus rugosa


in J. Lamarck et al., Encycl. 2: 115. 1786.

Common names: Roundleaf dogwood cornouiller rugueux
Synonyms: Cornus circinata L’Héritier C. tomentulosa Michaux Swida circinata (L’Héritier) Small S. rugosa (Lamarck) Rydberg
Treatment appears in FNA Volume 12. Treatment on page 453. Mentioned on page 451, 454, 456.

Shrubs, to 5 m, flowering at 1 m; rhizomes present. Stems solitary, 5–10 dm apart; bark pink, light maroon, or green, not corky, loosely verrucose; branchlets yellow-green, with scattered hairs; lenticels protruding on 2d year branches, area surrounding them suffused with purple on older branches; pith white or tan. Leaves: petiole 10–23 mm; blade suborbiculate or broadly ovate, 7–15 × 5–14 cm, base usually subcordate to broadly cuneate, rarely nearly truncate, apex abruptly acuminate, abaxial surface pale green, hairs erect, dense, tufts of erect hairs present in axils of secondary veins, adaxial surface dark green, hairs appressed or erect; secondary veins 7–9 per side, evenly spaced, tertiary veins usually prominent giving leaf a wrinkled appearance. Inflorescences flat-topped, 5–7 cm diam., peduncle 18–35 mm; branches and pedicels pink, turning red in fruit. Flowers: hypanthium constricted below sepals, appressed-hairy; sepals 0.2–0.4 mm; petals white, 2.6–3.8 mm. Drupes pale blue, globose, 5–8 mm diam.; stone globose, 4 mm diam., slightly ribbed, apex dimpled. 2n = 22.

Phenology: Flowering May–Jul; fruiting late Aug–Oct.
Habitat: Wooded slopes, forests, stream banks, lake shores.
Elevation: 0–2000 m.


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Man., N.B., N.S., Ont., P.E.I., Que., Conn., Del., Ill., Ind., Iowa, Maine, Md., Mass., Mich., Minn., N.H., N.J., N.Y., Ohio, Pa., R.I., Tenn., Vt., Va., W.Va., Wis.


Cornus rugosa appears to be extirpated from Tennessee (B. E. Wofford, pers. comm.). Putative hybrids in Michigan between C. rugosa and C. racemosa have been called C. ×friedlanderi W. H. Wagner. Putative hybrids between C. rugosa and C. sericea have been called C. ×slavinii Rehder, and reported from Maine, New York, Ontario, Prince Edward Island, and Wisconsin.

Selected References


Lower Taxa

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Zack E. Murrell +  and Derick B. Poindexter +
Lamarck +
Cornus +
Roundleaf dogwood +  and cornouiller rugueux +
Man. +, N.B. +, N.S. +, Ont. +, P.E.I. +, Que. +, Conn. +, Del. +, Ill. +, Ind. +, Iowa +, Maine +, Md. +, Mass. +, Mich. +, Minn. +, N.H. +, N.J. +, N.Y. +, Ohio +, Pa. +, R.I. +, Tenn. +, Vt. +, Va. +, W.Va. +  and Wis. +
0–2000 m. +
Wooded slopes, forests, stream banks, lake shores. +
Flowering May–Jul +  and fruiting late Aug–Oct. +
in J. Lamarck et al., Encycl. +
Cornus circinata +, C. tomentulosa +, Swida circinata +  and S. rugosa +
Cornus rugosa +
Cornus subg. Thelycrania +
species +