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Tree identification

Dogwood Cornus sanguinea & Guelder rose Viburnum opulus

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DOGWOOD twig red in sunlight, green in shade. Buds in pairs

Top and underside of leaf of DOGWOOD.

The veins curve towards the tip.

DOGWOOD in leaf   Photo: Vic George
DOGWOOD in flower May 2005 DOGWOOD flowers in close up showing (left) 4 petals, 4 stamens, 1 style and (right) 4 tiny sepals. 

DOGWOOD Cornus sanguinea

A few Dogwood trees and bushes occur in the woodland around Sheepwater and can be found in the recently planted hedge from the Common Car Park. This area is chalky boulder clay and Dogwood is commonly  found in calcareous areas in the UK. The young stem growth is red especially in sunlit conditions. Like Spindle the Dogwood was also used for making skewers and formerly known as Dagwood or Skewer wood.

 

GUELDER ROSE Viburnum opulus

Found only in Hainault Lodge Nature Reserve. The outer circle of showy white flowers are sterile, and this character has been developed by plant breeders to produce the Snowball tree. The inner flowers later produce the bright red berries

Dogwood fruits found along the Common path. Photo: 4 Sept. 2005.
GUELDER ROSE  Stem angular, buds opposite.
GUELDER ROSE in flower in Hainault Lodge Reserve May 2005. GUELDER ROSE berries