May 16 2015 202

Flowering Dogwood (Cornus florida). A common tree in landscaping and somewhat common in understory or woodland edge. Eastern US. Flowers in Spring are with four large white or slightly pinkish petals–actually modified sepals. The leaves are simple and ovate with veins curving toward tip. Bark is whitish grey and flakier as tree ages, though trunk is never very wide. Red berries in late summer that persist through winter. North Park, Pennsylvania. May, 2015.

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