The Gray Dogwood is small to medium sized shrub, typically growing to a height of 6 to 10 feet. In spring, creamy white flowers will display for a week to ten days. In late summer, clusters of bluish-white berries will mature. The main stems of this multi-stemmed shrub are gray in color, and the twigs are dark red to purplish-red. This is an excellent choice for wildlife attraction.
The Gray Dogwood is one of the most widely adaptable shrubs we know of. This dogwood will do well on dry upland sites and wetland sites, in full sun to full shade. Commonly found along streams, edges of ponds, along fence rows, roadsides and forest edges. This shrub will spread to form a thicket, so give it a little room to grow. The Gray Dogwood makes an excellent choice for erosion control along slopes and waterways due to its fibrous root system.