Cornus racemosa 'Muskingum'

Gray Dogwood

Plant Type:


Cornus racemosa 'Muszam' - 'Muszam' (Muskingum™) is short growing selection of Gray Dogwood only achieving 2 feet or so tall with a wider spread. Numerous small creamy white flattened coins adorn the shrub in June making the shrub showy when in bloom, not due to the size of the flowers but because of the fecundity of them. White berries develop on red pedicels adorning the shrub which are relished by a number of bird species. Autumn brings excellent red tones before leaf drop. Older winter wood is smooth, gray topped with branchlets and persistent pedicels in a bright red shade. Fertile, moisture retaining soil in part to full sun. Established potted Gray Dogwood from cutting.

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24 in


48 in




(3b)4 to 8
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Characteristics and Attributes for Cornus racemosa 'Muskingum'

Season of Interest (Flowering)

  • Spring

Season of Interest (Foliage)

  • Spring / Summer / Autumn

Autumn Interest

  • Fruit / Berries / Seed Heads
  • Autumn Leaf Color

Nature Attraction

  • Honey Bees & Native Bees
  • Butterflies
  • Songbirds


  • Full Sun
  • Mostly Sunny


  • Shrub Border
  • Border
  • Hedgerow
  • Edging
  • Natural Garden
  • Grouping
  • Foundation
  • Wildlife Garden

Growth Rate in the Garden

  • Medium


  • Draining
  • Fertile


  • Eastern North America

Propagated By

  • Cutting Grown

Genus Overview: Cornus

Cornus. The Dogwoods come in many sizes – low growing shrubs to rounded trees. They are indispensable in a garden with almost all species and cultivars sporting four seasons of interest. Many exhibit richly-colored winter wood, attractive flowers and pretty berries in blue or white. Most offer terrific fall foliage color. The cultivars that offer gorgeous winter bark are especially well-used as background to lower growing evergeens or as foreground shrubs set before conifers, their stem colors glowing in winter against a backdrop of green, black-green, yellow or blue. All that produce flowers and fruit are very fine choices for the wildlife enthusiast. The trees provide nesting spots. When shrubs are grouped together these also provide nesting opportunities for some species of sparrows and even catbirds among others. The trees and shrubs provide nectar for bees and many other pollinators when in flower. Birds relish the late season fruits. All prefer fertile soils that retain some moisture between rain events. All of our offerings are cutting grown.