white berry-like fruit called drupes, quickly consumed by the birds
gray-green during the growing season changing to purples/red tones in the fall
becomes 6-10 feet tall and wide spreading, an aggressive suckering habit
Maine to Ontario, Minnesota, Wisconsin south to Georgia and Nebraska
Introduced in 1758
It can't be understated how aggressive this plant can get by suckering. In natural sites I observed large, thick stands of this shrub. The stands will form a high point in the middle and taper down to the sides. Meaning the center is where the mother plant is and all the rest are suckers. I had a Tree Form Gray Twig Dogwood in my yard and it was over 15 feet tall. I am still digging out the suckers after I cut it down.
Notes & Reference
#01-Manual of Woody Landscape Plants (Michael Dirr), #175-Dogwoods (Paul Cappiello and Don Shadow)