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A flat-topped head of creamy-white flowers. 4 petals. Insect pollinated.
The flowers develop into small black berries, sometimes called 'dogberries'. Each dogberry is up to 8mm in diameter and contains a single seed.
Deciduous shrub. Its opposite leaves are slightly paler underneath. Up to 8cm in length. Oval leaves but with pointed tips. Each leaf has between 3 and 5 veins.
4 meters tall.
Some dogwood berries are edible and some are poisonous, depending on the species. This species of dogwood 'cornus sanguinea' is a confusing one and perhaps best left alone. Some say that the berries are edible and cause no ill-effects, yet some say that you can eat them but they may cause vomiting.
Never consume a wild plant unless you are 100% certain that it is safe to eat and you know that you have identified it correctly.
Slightly foetid flowers.
Gardens, hedgerows, parkland, scrub, woodland.