The plants start our fairly narrow but widen with age (sounds familiar), eventually forming a nice oval to rounded canopy. Growing to about 20-25' in our area. Most are multi-stemmed with the main laterals starting pretty low on the tree. Canopy is generally quite dense.
Leaves are opposite, simple, 2-4" long, narrowly elliptical and entire margins. The margins on many plants are curled upward making the leaves look narrower than they really are. Veins on dogwoods are pinnate but they look as though they curve to the tips of the leaves. They have a leathery look and feel.
Stems are thin, generally green but can be red on the top of the branch.
Flowers move from white to pink or red, really like this one later in the blooming season with the change in colors.
The real flowers are small, light green in rounded clusters within the bracts. The bracts are usually mistaken for petals.
The fruit is a large fleshy berry. They look like a strawberry (hence one of the common names Himalayan Strawberry Tree)
Misidentification: Other dogwoods most likely. Especially in bloom but not in the winter. Leaves are narrower than C. florida.
Corner of Clubhouse Dr. and Murry Ave.