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Most dogwood species have opposite leaves and a few have alternate. The fruit of all species is a drupe with one or two seeds. Flowers have four parts.

Many species in subgenus Swida are stoloniferous shrubs, growing along waterways. Several of these are used in naturalizing landscape plantings, especially the species with bright red or bright yellow stems. Most of the species in subgenus Benthamidia are small trees used as ornamental plants. As flowering trees, they are of rare elegance and beauty, comparable to Carolina silverbell, Canadian serviceberry, and the Eastern Redbud for their ornamental qualities.

The fruit of several species in the subgenera Cornus and Benthamidia is edible, though without much flavour. The berries of those in subgenus Swida are mildly toxic to people, though readily eaten by birds. Dogwoods are used as food plants by the larvae of some Lepidoptera species including Emperor Moth, The Engrailed, Small Angle Shades and the following case-bearers of the genus Coleophora: C. ahenella, C. salicivorella (recorded on Cornus canadensis), C. albiantennaella, C. cornella and C. cornivorella (The latter three feed exclusively on Cornus). They were used by pioneers to brush their teeth. The pioneers would peel off the bark, bite the twig and then scrub their teeth.

Meeli Sonn is an freelance photographer based in Las Vegas, USA. Meeli specialises in producing high-quality images of our all kind natural world, capturing the beauty and mystery of nature, animals, birds, plants. It needs good eye. Meeli’s love of nature does not end with the landscape, as she aspires to photograph all things natural in his own unique way. Her big passion is macro world.

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  • Bunny Clarke
    Bunny Clarkealmost 4 years ago

    What a beautiful capture.

  • Thanks dear friend for wonderful comment

    – loiteke

  • Megan Martin
    Megan Martinalmost 4 years ago

    Amazing shot Meeli! Lovely light and shadow!

  • Thanks dear friend for wonderful comment

    – loiteke

  • Joy Watson
    Joy Watsonalmost 4 years ago

    Beautiful

  • Thanks dear friend for wonderful comment

    – loiteke

  • trish725
    trish725almost 4 years ago

  • Thanks so much for the feature.

    – loiteke

  • ctheworld
    ctheworldalmost 4 years ago

    Congrats, you were Corkle’s feature choice this week!

  • Oo thanks for the feature. Wow, what a wonderful news

    – loiteke

  • Sherri     Nicholas
    Sherri Nic...almost 4 years ago

    Beautiful Meeli, I didn’t forget your little book..it is sitting on my desk with the stamps..ready to go..lol but it has to get in the mail box…you are doing flowers and flowers are happiness, when we look at the little seed and the new beginning we see how it grows into something beautiful.Wishing that for you..God Bless and the book is almost on its way…promise before Christmas.
    Sherri:):)

  • Oh Sherri, you are so sweet. Thanks for all this very very much.

    – loiteke

  • Sherri     Nicholas
    Sherri Nic...almost 4 years ago

    COOL…CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!

  • Thanks dear Sherri

    – loiteke

  • rasim1
    rasim1almost 4 years ago

    Gorgeous shot.

  • Thanks dear Rasim

    – loiteke

  • JohnDSmith
    JohnDSmithalmost 4 years ago

    Love the contrast,…Great shot,..

  • Thanks so so much for wonderful comment. Looking forward to visit you more often as well

    – loiteke

  • Kathleen Struckle
    Kathleen Strucklealmost 4 years ago

    Gorgeous image.

  • Thanks so so much for wonderful comment. Looking forward to visit you more often as well

    – loiteke

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