Gray Dogwood Cornus racemosa
Family: Cornaceae (Dogwood)
Branching: Opposite
Other names: Red-panicled Dogwood

This is a common shrub in wet open areas, such as ditches.  It is most conspicuous in the fall, when its red leaves and panicles (the "stems" of the fruit clusters) contrast with its white berries.  The older branches and main stem are gray

Winter twig of Grey Dogwood

Lateral buds

The grey stems

The pith is a very light brown

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