Cornaceae

 

 

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Genera : 11 - 13

Species: 100

Distribution: Widespread in the temperate Northern Hemisphere and in the warmer regions of the Southern Hemisphere.

 

Economic Uses: Widely cultivated as an ornamental shrub, due in part to the distinctive red stems of the dogwoods, which provide 'winter interest' to landscaped yards. Some species are used as a source of furniture wood, while the French distill a drink from the fruits.

Defining Features of Interest: At times, the various genera have been defined as separate families, but it is generally agreed that they form one family.

Fossil Evidence:Fossil leaves in the Eocene.