smooth leaves, and small red berryies
The leaf of the Cornus Florida is smooth and rather tear drop shaped. When looking at the edges you may notice that the edges are wavy. you can also see the veins coming off the leaf very profoundly. Surrounding the leaf were several ants.
Leaves are opposite (can be whirled) with accurate veins (curve from petiole to tip of leaf). Flowers are surrounded by 4 showy white bracts which are mistaken for the petals. Flower buds have distinctive Hershey kiss shape while vegetative buds are cal ate. Fruit is a red drupe. Bark is square "blocky" (like the back of an alligator). Powdered bark a toothpaste, roots yield scarlet dye.
Small dogwood, surrounding trees have restricted growth.
Cornus florida (flowering dogwood) is a species of flowering plant in the family Cornaceae native to eastern North America, from southern Maine west to southern Ontario, Illinois, and eastern Kansas, and south to northern Florida and eastern Texas, with a disjunct population in Nuevo León and Veracruz in eastern Mexico. In Ontario, this tree species has been assessed and is now listed as endangered.