Irish wildflowers

Photographs: Gearagh, Co.Cork

Cornus sanguinea
Family: Cornaceae

Flowering time: May-July. Deciduous shrub. Native/introduced.

Umbels of creamy-white flowers, 4-petalled. Small purple-black fruit.
Untoothed opposite leaves, turning reddish-purple in autumn. Leaves usually
with 5 or less pairs lateral veins. Reddish-green twigs. Height: To 4m.

Prefers neutral or calcareous soils. Woodland, hedgerows. Rare as a native, but often planted in gardens and amenity ground.
Photograph ID uncertain, but probably of White Dogwood, C. alba
Correction by Paul Green
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