Small tree or large shrub, to about 7 ft tall. Leaves
have veins that parallel the leaf edges, typical of dogwoods, but the leaves
are alternate, not opposite each other in pairs as in other dogwoods.
Masses of small white flowers, with 4 petals, in May. Fruits are blue-black berries in late summer.
An occasional understory tree in
the forest, and along Wildwood Drive.
The leaf veins are
characteristic of dogwoods, but no other dogwood has alternate
leaves. Flowering dogwood (C. florida) has fewer flowers,
surrounded by large white petal-like bracts, which give the
impression of one large flower.