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Cuyahoga Gray Dogwood*

Cornus racemosa 'Cuyzam'

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Cuyahoga Gray Dogwood (Cornus racemosa 'Cuyzam') at Alsip Home and Nursery

Cuyahoga Gray Dogwood foliage

Cuyahoga Gray Dogwood foliage

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Cuyahoga Gray Dogwood (Cornus racemosa 'Cuyzam') at Alsip Home and Nursery

Cuyahoga Gray Dogwood in bloom

Cuyahoga Gray Dogwood in bloom

(Photo courtesy of Lake County Nursery)

* This is a "special order" plant - contact store for details

Height:  15 feet

Spread:  12 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade  full shade 

Hardiness Zone:  4


A showy shrub for general garden or massing use; white flowers in spring, white berries in fall on showy pink stems, and deep burgundy fall color; very adaptable, but suckers profusely

Ornamental Features

Cuyahoga Gray Dogwood has clusters of creamy white flowers at the ends of the branches in late spring. It has grayish green foliage throughout the season. The large pointy leaves turn an outstanding burgundy in the fall. It produces white berries in late summer.

Landscape Attributes

Cuyahoga Gray Dogwood is a multi-stemmed deciduous shrub with a ground-hugging habit of growth. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other landscape plants with less refined foliage.

This is a high maintenance shrub that will require regular care and upkeep, and can be pruned at anytime. It is a good choice for attracting birds to your yard. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;

  • Suckering

Cuyahoga Gray Dogwood is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • General Garden Use
  • Naturalizing And Woodland Gardens

Planting & Growing

Cuyahoga Gray Dogwood will grow to be about 15 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 12 feet. It has a low canopy, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 40 years or more.

This shrub performs well in both full sun and full shade. It is an amazingly adaptable plant, tolerating both dry conditions and even some standing water. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone in winter to protect it in exposed locations or colder microclimates. This is a selection of a native North American species.


* This is a "special order" plant - contact store for details

Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Massing  Garden  Naturalizing 
Flowers  Fruit  Fall Color  Attracts Wildlife 
Ornamental Features