Dogwood is a small shrub, widespread in woodland edges and hedgerows of southern England. The crimson colour of its leaves in autumn and its strikingly red twigs make it a popular ornamental plant so it is frequently planted in parks and gardens. In early autumn, it produces clusters of black berries.
How to identify?
Dogwood is most easily recognised by its reddish twigs, umbels (umbrella-like clusters) of white flowers in the spring, and blackish berries in the autumn. Its leaves are oval and smooth along the edges, sitting opposite each other on the twigs.