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Title: Flowering dogwood (Cornus florida) : Section 7.5.9, US Army Corps of Engineers Wildlife Resources Management Manual
Authors: United States. Department of Defense. Defense Natural Resources Group. Fish and Wildlife Committee.
United States. Department of Defense. Natural Resources Program.
Mitchell, Wilma A.
Gibbs, Patsy A.
Martin, Chester O.
Keywords: Cornaceae
Habitat improvement
Wildlife foods
Cornus florida
Plant materials
Flowering dogwood
White dogwood
Environmental management
Publisher: Environmental Laboratory (U.S.)
Engineer Research and Development Center (U.S.)
Series/Report no.: Technical report (U.S. Army Engineer Waterways Experiment Station) ; EL-88-9.
Description: Technical Report
Abstract: A plant materials report on flowering dogwood (Cornus florida) is provided as Section 7.5.9 of the US Army Corps of Engineers Wildlife Resources Management Manual. The report was prepared as a guide to assist the project biologist with the selection, cultivation, and management of suitable plant materials for wildlife and habitat development programs. Major topics covered are description, distribution, habitat requirements, wildlife value, establishment, maintenance, and cautions and limitations. Flowering dogwood is a native deciduous understory tree common to upland hardwood and mixed pine-hardwood forests of the eastern and southeastern United States. It provides food for a variety of wildlife species, particularly woodland songbirds, wild turkey, and white-tailed deer. The distribution and distinguishing characteristics of flowering dogwood are described, and common varieties are noted. Habitat requirements are specified, and common plant associates are listed. Benefits to wildlife, including the nutritional value of fruits and foliage, are discussed. Guidelines are provided for establishing dogwood in suitable habitats; specifications are given for site selection, site preparation, propagule selection, and methods of propagation. Maintenance requirements and appropriate cautions are discussed.
Rights: Approved for public release; distribution is unlimited.
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