red-osier dogwood Cornaceae Cornus sericea
Leaf:Opposite, simple, arcuately veined, 2 to 4 inches long, somewhat narrow, entire margin, green above, pale below.
Flower:Species is monoecious; small, dull white in flat top clusters about 2 inches across appearing in late spring to early summer.
Fruit:Dull white, 1/4 to 1/3 inch in diameter in rounded clusters. Maturing in late summer to fall.
Twig:Bright red, sometimes green splotched with red, white pith, buds narrow and tapering, flower buds more swollen.
Bark:Red to green with numerous lenticels; later developing larger cracks and splits and turning light brown.
Form:Small to medium sized shrub with numerous stems forming thickets up to 15 feet tall but generally shorter.