- Scientific name: Cornus alba
- Family: Cornaceae (cornus)
Large deciduous shrub, spreading in habit. Elliptical leaves turning red in autumn. Stems bright scarlet-red and unbranched. Flowers white, ageing pink. Fruits white. Pollinated by insects.
- The wood of this shrub is extremely hard and in the past was used for arrows, skewers and pipes. It was also thought that the wood produced the best charcoal for gunpowder.
- The bark was once used to wash mangy dogs, perhaps lending the plant its common name.
Where it grows
Native to Korea and Japan but widely cultivated in well-drained soil with sunlight or partial shade.