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Cornus baileyi Coult. & Evans

Modern name

Cornus sericea L.


Swida baileyi (Coult. & Evans) Rydb.; C. stolonifera var. baileyi (Coult. & Evans) Drescher; C. stolonifera f. baileyi (Coult. & Evans) Rickett

An erect, deciduous shrub up to 10 ft high, with downy shoots turning reddish brown by winter. Leaves ovate or lanceolate, slender-pointed, rounded at the base; 2 to 5 in. long, 1 to 212 in. wide; with minute flattened hairs above, and, when young, with a dense covering of woolly down as well as flattened hairs beneath; stalks slender, 12 to 34 in. long. Flowers small, in woolly-stalked cymcS’ 1 to 2 in. across. Fruit white, 13 in. across.

Native of eastern N. America; introduced in 1892. It has been much confused with C. stolonifera, from which it differs in the shoots and lower surface of the leaves being distinctly woolly, and in not being stoloniferous; the bark also is duller and browner. It is usually found on sandy shores, and is recommended for light soils.



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