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Red Osier Dogwood

Cornus stolonifera • Red osier

Native

Large shrub to small tree, typically growing 1-4 meters tall. Red osier dogwood is native throughout northern and western North America. It is often found in damp soils, such as roadside ditches, damp areas of fields, stream banks, and wetlands. although it can grow well on dry sites as well. It is useful for stabilizing waterway banks because of its extensive root system. Reproduces easily through cuttings and is easily identified by its bright red twigs and branches.

Leaf

Dark green above and bluish-green underneath. Bright red or purple in the fall. Veins run parallel along leaf.

Fruit/Seed

The fruit is a round white berry, 5–9 mm diameter.

Bark

Dark red branches and twigs. White pith when cut.

Flower

Small, dull white and in clusters. Flowers in spring and summer.

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