Umbels of small creamy-white flowers, appearing after leaves.
Fruit is round, white-cream in colour. Leaves are opposite, green, turning deep reddish in autumn. Larger leaves have 6 or 7 pairs of lateral veins. The winter bark of first year twigs is usually bright-red. Does not sucker extensively. Height: To 3m.
Often planted but a very infrequent garden escape. Introduced.
Similar: Dogwood, C. sanguinea has black fruit.