I had photos of the fruit from this shrub, the gray dogwood, (cornus racemosa) on the blog last August. I was fortunate to get photos at all because the fruit is very quickly consumed by the birds–it is even more quickly eaten than the fruit of the flowering dogwood, cornus florida.
While mine grow at the edge of a woodland (which is probably obvious from the photos) the literature says that they will grow in sun or shade and are very adaptable about soil. Since I have heavy clay over rock ledge I can attest to that.
Some of the online sources I read said that they are sometimes sold as standards trained to a single trunk but I confess in my part of country I rarely see them being sold at all–perhaps at very specialized garden centers that specialize in native or woodland plants but not at most garden centers, even the larger ones.
I confess that I did not put mine in; they were here when The Spoiler bought the property. In fact, in my early days, I thought they might be snowberry until I studied them more closely.
As I mentioned earlier, the berries are very attractive to the birds. My online resources (and when I mention these, folks, quite often what I’m using are Ag school bulletins. I know that those are reputable. Occasionally I will rely on a catalog if it’s one I know and trust–and of course I’ll cite to Wikipedia if I’m using it basically to confirm knowledge that I already have–but otherwise I try to stick to fairly “staid” online resources) suggest that the berries are consumed by squirrels, chipmunks and deer as well. I have no reason to doubt that–but in my yard, I doubt there are any berries left for them by the time the birds are through!
So if you’d like a berrying shrub to feed your birds, this is a great one to do it–just be warned that it may be a little hard to find depending on what part of the country you are in!