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A tree used by Native Americans as antipyretic and laxative, and by Western herbalists as an appetite stimulant, and to treat renal and hepatic disease
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It is quite similar in many ways to our native dogwood, Cornus Florida, but flowers two weeks later in the spring, saving the blooms from late frost damage.
Remaining species were those commonly associated with mesic sites, with Ostrya virginiana (hop horn-beam) and Cornus florida (flowering dogwood) the common understory species.
Dominants consisted primarily of species of the overstory, exceptions being Ilex vomitoria, Cornus florida, Ulmus alata, and Sassafras albidum.