Dogwood Cornus sanguinea Originally started life going by the name of ‘Dagwood', dag meaning dagger because of the fact that cattle prods were made using the wood from this flexible and strong species.
WOOD - has been used to make all manner of items that need a strong, yet flexible material, such as the rims of nets, basketry, withies, and even skewers, which makes it an ideal choice for roasting marshmallows over an open fire. The young stems also turn a beautiful orange colour in autumn and for this reason the Dogwood is often used as an ornamental species known as midwinter fire.
LEAVES - these are one of the most characteristic parts all dogwoods. If the leaves are broken very slightly they will reveal fragile latex which is just about able to support the leaf for a very short time.
BERRIES - the berries of this species are black, but some dogwoods produce white berries. The berries are often regarded as poisonous, but this is not strictly true. While not poisonous they can prove to make one feel unwell if consumed as they are not edible. They are best used for primitive inks and lamp oil.
EDIBLE PARTS - The berries can be eaten, but may have an emetic effect on the body. An oil can be made from the seed which is useable once refined, but not really worthwhile.