Black

Maybe not the black that you were expecting. We have a few nice black berries around this month and some people might be wondering what these ones are.

Common DogwoodScrambling around amidst the Elderberries and the Blackberries these are Dogberries, the fruits of the Common Dogwood, Cornus sanguinea.

Another valuable wildlife plant, the birds are said to prefer these berries to the ones that we like and it is sometimes planted by organic gardeners to deflect unwanted attention, whilst still attracting the birds that will feed caterpillars to their young.

The name Dogwood comes from an old word, “Dag” meaning skewer. The straight twigs were traditionally used by butchers to make skewers. The name Dog is usually used to imply some inferiority, for instance Dog Violet has no scent as opposed to Sweet Violet which does but this time it is just a “Dag.”

Common Dogwood

Common Dogwood

Common Dogwood

Common Dogwood

Common Dogwood

Common Dogwood

Common Dogwood

Common Dogwood

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5 thoughts on “Black”

  1. I like learning about the origins of names, so interesting. Here in NE US, we have Viburnum dentatum, commonly named Arrowwood because the natives used its straight stems for making arrows.

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