Cornus x Aurora
Native habitat: Massachusetts to Florida, west to Texas, Mexico and Ontario.
Growth habit: Shrub-like or a small tree with low branches. Usually has a flat-topped crown and is wider than high when mature. Tree size: 30 to 40 feet with a greater spread.
Flower and fruit: True flowers are greenish yellow and insignificant; the four bracts are showy. The four together are 3 to 4 inches across. Blossoms are effective for 10 to 14 days in April or early May. Fruit is a glossy red drupe that ripens in September to October. It can persist until mid-December. Birds love it.
Leaf: Opposite, simple leaves are 3 to 6 inches long and oval. Leaves are bronze-green to yellow-green as they unfold, then turn dark green in summer. Fall color tends to be red to reddish purple.
Hardiness: Winter hardy to USDA Zone 5.