Fall peak approaches

cornus_alternifolia

The Fall colour palate is expanding with each day but is approaching its climax and a beautiful example is Cornus. Dogwoods are ubiquitous throughout our landscape, from the understory to the canopy. Of the eight species found here, this one stands out. The clue to its uniqueness lies in its name. The other shrubby dogwoods have leaves opposite to each other on the branch, like a maple. This one has alternate leaves, like birch or ash. Can’t tell which one is a dogwood? Try the Cornus test! Gently tear the leaves apart to uncover the little silk-like threads that hold the leaves together. If they’re there, it’s a dogwood.

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