Red-Osier Dogwood

Genus Cornus
Dogwood Family (Cornaceae)



Dogwood blossoms


Red-Osier Dogwood
(Cornus stolonifera)

Dogwood flowers are very tiny and inconspicuous. Each flower is surrounded by four white bracts. Clusters of these small blossoms occur at the ends of the branches, making an attractive display.
Later, clusters of white berries develop.


Dogwood berries


The berries are edible, though not very palatable for humans. However, they are a good food source for wildlife.
The plant grows as a shrub in thickets along streambanks. The bark is red, so the plant can easily be identified even in the winter.
The stems and leaves grow in an opposite pattern (rather than alternate).