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The dogwood tree has many identifying characteristics: 1. The bark of dogwood is pebble-like; 2. In the fall, leaves turn bright red; 3. Leaves have smooth edges and parallel veins; 4. Its leaves and branches are opposite one another. The white "petals" of this native, small maturing tree are modified leaves (called bracts) and the actual flowers are small yellow/green clusters in the middle of the bracts. The wood is extremely hard and is used for handles and golf club heads

Dogwood Flower

Flower, Plant, Petal, Branch

Terrestrial plant, Natural material, Plant, Twig

Plant, Branch, Twig, Terrestrial plant