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Red-osier Dogwood - Cornus sericea
Other Names:  Cornus stolonifera, Cornus alba

Native Species

Global Rank: G5
State Rank: S5

Agency Status
MNPS Threat Rank:
C-value: 5

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General Description
Branching shrubs to 3 m. Twigs reddish, strigose at first becoming glaucous and then glabrous. Herbage sparsely strigose. Leaves petiolate; the blades pale beneath, 3–15 cm long with acuminate tips. Inflorescence a flat-topped compound cyme 3–10 cm across. Flowers: hypanthium 1–2 mm long; petals 2–4 mm long. Drupe white to bluish, 1-seeded, 5–7 mm long (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Our plants are subspecies sericea.

Species Range
Montana Range


Range Comments
Cornus sericea is native to North America and occurs along shores and in thickets from Newfoundland and S. Labrador west to Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska, and south to New Mexico, Arizona and California (Fernald 1950).

Observations in Montana Natural Heritage Program Database
Number of Observations: 1418

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Relative Density



(Observations spanning multiple months or years are excluded from time charts)

Moist forest, thickets, especially along streams, avalanche slopes; plains, valleys to montane (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

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