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Mahoning Dogwood*

Cornus racemosa 'Mahzam'

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Mahoning Dogwood (Cornus racemosa 'Mahzam') at Oakland Nurseries Inc

Mahoning Dogwood foliage

Mahoning Dogwood foliage

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Mahoning Dogwood (Cornus racemosa 'Mahzam') at Oakland Nurseries Inc

Mahoning Dogwood in bloom

Mahoning Dogwood in bloom

(Photo courtesy of Lake County Nursery)

* This is a "special order" plant - contact store for details

Height:  12 feet

Spread:  12 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  3b

Other Names:  Gray Dogwood


A wonderful new introduction, this is a compact multi-stemmed feature tree for smaller home landscapes; covered in white flowers in spring followed by white berries, natural umbrella-like form with age is very attractive

Ornamental Features

Mahoning Dogwood is clothed in stunning clusters of creamy white flowers with creamy white bracts at the ends of the branches in late spring. It features an abundance of magnificent white berries in late summer. It has grayish green deciduous foliage. The pointy leaves turn an outstanding plum purple in the fall.

Landscape Attributes

Mahoning Dogwood is a multi-stemmed deciduous shrub with a shapely form and gracefully arching branches. Its average texture blends into the landscape, but can be balanced by one or two finer or coarser trees or shrubs for an effective composition.

This shrub will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and can be pruned at anytime. It is a good choice for attracting birds to your yard. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Mahoning Dogwood is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Hedges/Screening
  • General Garden Use

Planting & Growing

Mahoning Dogwood will grow to be about 12 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 12 feet. It has a low canopy with a typical clearance of 1 foot from the ground, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 40 years or more.

This shrub does best in full sun to partial shade. It is very adaptable to both dry and moist locations, and should do just fine under average home landscape conditions. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone in winter to protect it in exposed locations or colder microclimates. This is a selection of a native North American species.


* This is a "special order" plant - contact store for details

Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Accent  Screening  Garden 
Flowers  Fruit  Fall Color  Attracts Wildlife 
Ornamental Features
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