Origin: West of the Himalayas. Habitat: forests. Height: 6 m tall. Shape: upright crown. Bark: grey, smooth.
Deciduous foliage. Rounded off leaves, short petiole, toothed margin, 8 cm long. Flowers in April, possibly persist until summer. They are tiny, without petals, composed of stamens with yellow anthers. What it would be possible to take for big white petals, of 2 cm, is only bracts, colour off-white (distinctive also of Cornus nuttallii and of the tree in cases). The back of bracts becomes covered with scales. Fruits in small brown, prickly capsules.