red-osier dogwood Cornaceae Cornus
|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.
Looks like: Tatarian dogwood
- gray dogwood
- roughleaf dogwood
- silky dogwood
| Additional Range Information:
Cornus sericea is native to North America.
Range may be expanded by planting.
See states reporting red-osier dogwood.
| External Links:
USDA Plants Database
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Photos and text by: John Seiler,
Edward Jensen, Alex Niemiera,
and John Peterson