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    Default Not elder, what is it?

    I came across a stand of trees in bloom. At first I thought they might be elder and I'd planned on harvesting some of the blossoms. But when I got closer the leaves were smooth and don't appear to be compound. Here's a photo:



    Anybody familiar with this? I'm in Louisiana, and it's growing near the water's edge in a somewhat damp environment, but not in standing water. The flowers are upright and the leaves appear to have smooth margins. They are in an alternate arrangement as close as I can tell (I didn't have a lot of time to examine the tree - incoming thunderstorms).

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    You are right at first glance sure looks like Elder berry . Don't know what it is tho .
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    It could be some sort of dogwood. That's just my best guess.

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    Yeah good guess I think . Looks a lot like the blooms on Red Ozier dogwood .
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    Dogwood should have opposite branching, no? Looks like the twigs in the background are opppsite
    Just learning so maybe way off base here.
    Last edited by Schwim; 04-05-2012 at 05:46 PM.

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    Red Ozier makes pretty good arrow shafts . I've got a bunch drying in the barn right now .
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    Looks like rough leaf dogwood we have around here.

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    Hmm, rough leaf dogwood seems most likely. From the descriptions I've found red osier doesn't usually grow this far south and has red twigs, these trees are decidedly gray.

    Thanks! I was really hoping for elder (wanted to try some elder blossom brewing), but no such luck yet.

    http://www.wildflower.org/plants/res...?id_plant=CODR

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    Looks like it could be Cornus foemina. Google it cause it isn't one listed very often in the books. In the deep south, most call it swamp dogwood or stiff dogwood.

    http://plants.usda.gov/java/profile?symbol=cofo

    http://www.illinoiswildflowers.info/...ff_dogwood.htm

    http://plants.ifas.ufl.edu/node/112

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