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Kentucky Color Past: Autumn Dogwoods
By Billy Joe Fudge
These are photos of the fruit and leaves of Flowering Dogwood. These are native Dogwood which I dug from a grown up field (young forest) during the 90's. The fruit is another example of drupe. Drupe is a hard seed that is surrounded by a fleshy fruit i.e. apples, pears, peaches, etc. There is a particular stage of development when squirrels really like Dogwood fruit.
The leaves of Flowering Dogwood can be just about any hue of red running from the pink (I think) in this photo to a black purple. The leaves are a great example of a simple pinnate leaf. Simple just means that the leaf has no leaflets and pinnate means that the veins or ribs of the leaf run out into the leaf at varing points from the center spine of the leaf, much like our ribs grow out at varying points from our spine.
The accompanying photos are from way back in 2009, which marks Billy Joe's earliest submission to Columbia Magazine about Autumn Dogwoods. Another great read, from fall 2012, is Kentucky Color - Dogwood Prelude to Autumn and Winter.
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