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red-osier dogwood

Cornus sericea

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high
full sun - part shade
multistem shrub
3 - 8'
white
spring - fall

Photo credit: 

E. Conrad

Red-osier dogwood in flower
Red-osier dogwood in flower

Photo credit: Elliott Conrad

Vivid red fall foliage
Vivid red fall foliage

Photo credit: Elliott Conrad

Red-osier dogwood in flower
Red-osier dogwood in flower

Photo credit: Elliott Conrad

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Red-osier dogwoods line local creeks, recognizable with ruby-colored twigs and large green and purple leaves. Dogwoods have been popular in landscaping for years, prized for their white flowers, pale berries, and brilliant fall foliage. Ours is a streamside species, so in the absence of a waterway it will need regular irrigation. In return it will provide privacy, beauty, and wildlife food and habitat. Requires significantly less water with afternoon shade.