Native / introduced.
Umbels of creamy-white flowers, 4-petalled. Small purple-black fruit. Untoothed opposite leaves, usually with 5 or less pairs lateral veins. Leaves turn reddish-purple in autumn. Reddish-green twigs.
Height: To 4m.
Prefers neutral or calcareous soils. Woodland, hedgerows.
Rare as a native, but is frequently planted.
Photographs are not of Cornus sanguinea Correction by Paul Green