Brief description of what you observed
Piney Hill Park, east of Ore City, Texas.
Collected with Elizabeth Rosenauer (before she became my wife!)
approximately 4 m tall tree with blocky/checkered bark. Elliptical to ovate leaves with crenate margins and an acuminate tip. Oppositely arranged leaves with short petioles. Red, pea-sized fruits present (inferior ovary)
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.