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Cornus glabrata Benth.

Western Cornel

Modern name

Cornus glabrata Benth.


Swida glabrata (Benth.) Heller

A deciduous shrub up to 10 or 12 ft high, of bushy, densely twiggy habit; young shoots brown, glabrous. Leaves lanceolate, or narrowly oval, tapered at both ends; 114 to 3 in. long, 13 to 114 in. wide; glossy green on both sides, and with minute, closely appressed hairs; slightly paler below; veins in three to five pairs; stalk slender, 16 to 12 in. long. Flowers dull white, in small cymes which are 114 in. or less in diameter. Fruit white or bluish white, 15 in. wide.

Native of western N. America from Oregon to California. It has little beauty of flower, but is a neat-habited shrub of cheerful aspect, distinct in its small, abundant leaves, shining green on both sides. Introduced in 1894.



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