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Cornus sanguinea (bloodtwig dogwood)

Synonyms: Swida sanguinea; Thelycrania sanguinea

Wikipedia Abstract

Cornus sanguinea, the common dogwood, is a species of dogwood native to most of Europe and western Asia, occurring north to southern England and southern Scandinavia, and east to the Caspian Sea. It is widely grown as an ornamental plant.
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Allergen Potential [1]  Medium
Bee Flower Color [2]  Blue-Green
Flower Color [2]  White
Dispersal Mode [6]  Endozoochory
Edible [3]  May be edible. See the Plants For A Future link below for details.
Flower Type [3]  Hermaphrodite
Hazards [3]  Contrary to some reports, the fruit is not poisonous, but the leaves can cause skin irritations to sensitive people;
Leaf Type [3]  Deciduous
Lifespan [4]  Perennial
Pollinators [3]  Insects, Lepidoptera
Scent [3]  The flowers have a rather unpleasant smell to most people, though they are attractive to insects.
Specific Gravity [7]  0.68
Structure [3]  Shrub
Usage [3]  The seed contains 45% of a non-drying oil; A non-drying oil is also obtained from the pericarp, it is used for lighting; The pericarp contains 19 - 35% oil; A greenish-blue dye is obtained from the fruit; The young stems are very flexible and are used in basketry; Wood - tough, hard. Used for small items such as tool handles, turnery etc; A good quality charcoal is obtained from the wood;
Height [3]  9.84 feet (3 m)
Light Preference [5]  Mostly Sunny
Soil Acidity [5]  Neutral
Soil Fertility [5]  Intermediate
Soil Moisture [5]  Moist
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Protected Areas



Parasitized by 
Erysiphe tortilis[10]

Institutions (Zoos, etc.)

Institution Infraspecies / Breed 
Svalbard Global Seed Vault


North America;

External References

USDA Plant Profile



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1Derived from Allergy-Free Gardening OPALS™, Thomas Leo Ogren (2000)
2Arnold SEJ, Faruq S, Savolainen V, McOwan PW, Chittka L, 2010 FReD: The Floral Reflectance Database — A Web Portal for Analyses of Flower Colour. PLoS ONE 5(12): e14287.
3Plants For A Future licensed under a Creative Commons License
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8HOSTS - a Database of the World's Lepidopteran Hostplants Gaden S. Robinson, Phillip R. Ackery, Ian J. Kitching, George W. Beccaloni AND Luis M. Hernández
9del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona.
10Jorrit H. Poelen, James D. Simons and Chris J. Mungall. (2014). Global Biotic Interactions: An open infrastructure to share and analyze species-interaction datasets. Ecological Informatics.
11Biological Records Centre Database of Insects and their Food Plants
12Ben-Dov, Y., Miller, D.R. & Gibson, G.A.P. ScaleNet 4 November 2009
13Frugivorous diet of autumn migrant Pied Flycatchers Ficedula hypoleuca: a review and new data, A. Hernández, Butll. GCA 16: 53-60, 1999
14Birds and berries: a study of an ecological interaction. Calton, Great Britain, Snow B.K., Snow D.W., 1988, T & AD Poyser. 268 p.
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