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Genus: Cornus (dogwoods)

Life > eukaryotes > Archaeoplastida > Chloroplastida > Charophyta > Streptophytina > Plantae (land plants) > Tracheophyta (vascular plants) > Euphyllophyta > Lignophyta (woody plants) > Spermatophyta (seed plants) > Angiospermae (flowering plants) > Eudicotyledons > Order: Cornales > Family: Cornaceae

About 45 species, native mainly to north temperate regions but also in South America and Africa. Eight species are cultivated in southern Africa.

Species cultivated in southern Africa

List from Glen (2002).

Cornus alba

Native from Siberia to Korea.


Cornus capitata (Evergreen cornel)

Native from India to China.


Cornus florida (Flowering dogwood)

Native to eastern USA.


Cornus foemina

Native to eastern Canada and USA.


Cornus kousa (Kousa cornel)

Native to Japan, Korea and China.


Cornus mas (Cornelian cherry)

Native from Europe to western Asia.


Cornus nuttallii (Mountain dogwood)

Native to western Canada and the USA.


Cornus sanguinea (Red dogwood)

Native to Europe.



  • Glen, H.F. 2002. Cultivated Plants of Southern Africa. Jacana, Johannesburg.


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