• Cornus Alba, L
    Cornus Alba, L
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n Cornus a rosid dicot genus of the family Cornaceae including: dogwood; cornel: perennial chiefly deciduous shrubs or small trees of temperate regions of northern hemisphere
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n cornus A genus of plants of the natural order Cornaceæ, consisting of shrubs, trees, or rarely herbs, with usually small white or yellowish flowers and ovoid drupes. There are about 25 species, mostly of the northern hemisphere, 15 belonging to the United States. The bark, especially of the root, has tonic and slightly stimulant properties, and is used as a remedy in intermittent fevers, etc. The flowering dogwoods, C. florida of the Atlantic States and C. Nuttallii on the Pacific coast, are small trees and very ornamental, having the small cyme surrounded by a large and conspicuous involucre of four white bracts. The wood is very hard, close-grained, and tough, and is used as a substitute for boxwood for making bobbins and shuttles for weaving, and also in cabinetwork. Some of the species, as C. Canadensis (the bunch-berry) and C. Suecica, are dwarfed and herbaceous, with similar showy flowers followed by clusters of red berries. See cornel.
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In literature:

Cornus canadensis, 68. suecica, 67.
"Hardy Perennials and Old Fashioned Flowers" by John Wood
Cornus florida 157 LXXX.
"Handbook of the Trees of New England" by Lorin Low Dame
The remaining Cornus require little or no pruning.
"Trees and Shrubs for English Gardens" by Ernest Thomas Cook
"New, Old, and Forgotten Remedies: Papers by Many Writers" by Various

In news:

Cornus officinalis Click to enlarge.
Our native dogwoods (Cornus florida) create a glorious spring when creamy white blooms cover their branches.