Red-osier Dogwood - Cornus sericea
Cornus stolonifera, Cornus alba
MNPS Threat Rank
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
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).
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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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- Lesica, P., M.T. Lavin, and P.F. Stickney. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. Fort Worth, TX: BRIT Press. viii + 771 p.