IUCN threat status:

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For some strange reason, Stiff Dogwood has received less attention than other dogwoods (Cornus spp.), even though it is reasonably attractive and probably easy to grow. This species differs from other dogwoods by its pale blue to blue drupes, hairless or nearly hairless leaves that are green on both sides, and hairless red twigs with white pith. In many ways, it resembles the better-known Red-Osier Dogwood (Cornus sericea), except the latter species has white drupes and a more northern distribution. Another species with blue drupes, Cornus obliqua (Silky Dogwood), has more slender leaves that are whitened on their undersides from fine hairs. Yet another species with blue drupes, Cornus amomum (Swamp Dogwood), has leaves with brownish hairs on their undersides and its twigs have brown pith. This latter species is restricted to the southern tip of Illinois. A scientific synonym of Stiff Dogwood is Cornus stricta.


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Source: Illinois Wildflowers


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