The flowering habit of the Gray Dogwood plant begins in late spring. The Gray Dogwood exhibits clusters of creamy white flowers.
After flowering the Gray Dogwood develops fruit which, when mature, is white in color. The white fruits are supported on red stalks, an attractive characteristic in ornamental uses. The fruits of the Gray Dogwood are attractive to birds.
The Gray Dogwood grows in wet areas and has a fibrous, suckering root system.
Excessive sucker formation may cause the plant to overrun its allotted space and form dense thickets. The dense growth habit makes the shrub a suitable hedge or barrier plant.
The Gray Dogwood sprouts readily from the base and can be cut back severely.
The Gray Dogwood develops new twigs that are reddish-brown, but mature branches are a distinct gray, forming a nice contrast, especially in winter.
The Gray Dogwood prefers moist, well-drained soils in full sun, but is adaptable to many adverse conditions, including poor soils, dry soils, wet soils, compacted soils, heat, and drought.