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Flowering Dogwood

Common and widespread throughout Ohio, the flowering dogwood is considered an uderstory tree as well as a tree of open fields and hillsides. It is a slow-growing tree, usually not attaining a height of more than 20 feet and a trunk diameter of 6 inches. The bright green, smooth-edged leaves are three to six inches long, grown opposite of one another, and are pale colored on the under-surface. Dogwood leaves turn brilliant scarlet in the fall.