Saturday, July 17, 2010

July 17 - Flowering Dogwood - Cornus florida

The Flowering Dogwood Tree in July
Flowering Dogwood
The Dogwood has these little green berry-like fruits called drupes at this time of year. The leaves are getting a bit worn. However, to see this tree on a July summer day with the fun filtering through the leaves, well, I am not sure it gets much better. 

Many animals and birds will depend on these drupes for food when they ripen in September.  The drupes will be bright red by September and can usually be seen on the trees until January.

Rebecca

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