Random Plant: Gray dogwood

Gray dogwood (Cornus racemosa, Cornaceae) photographed 10/17/2010 near Blissfield Michigan.

I recently stumbled upon this gray dogwood (Cornus racemosa, Cornaceae) along a ditchbank on the edge of a floodplain forest near Blissfield Michigan.  The white berries were quite striking against the deep red-purple fall foliage.

Gray dogwood (Cornus racemosa, Cornaceae) photographed 10/17/2010 near Blissfield Michigan.

The large number of white berries are popular food for birds who help distribute the seeds.  I saved some of these seeds hoping to grow one to plant near my house.  I’ll have to leave them in my refrigerator until spring to stratify them.  I could leave them outside as nature intended, but they’ll be safer in my fridge.  I read that scarifying the seed coats with acid can improve their germination rates, but I’ll have to read more about the technique.

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About Jeremy Sell

Science and nature nerd.
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