Red Osier Dogwood
For best flowering and winter color grow in full sun. Tolerant of shade conditions. Very adaptable to soil conditions, including wet soils.
In the wild, it commonly grows in areas of damp soil, such as wetlands. It is a medium to tall deciduous shrub, growing 1.5–4 m tall and 3–5 m wide, spreading readily by underground stolons to form dense thickets. The branches and twigs are dark red, although wild plants may lack this coloration in shaded areas. The leaves are opposite, 5–12 cm long and 2.5–6 cm broad, with an ovate to oblong shape and an entire margin; they are dark green above and glaucous below; fall color is commonly bright red to purple. The flowers are small (5–10 mm diameter), dull white, in clusters 3–6 cm diameter. The fruit is a globose white berry 5–9 mm diameter. The Latin specific epithet sericea means "silky", referring to the texture of the leaves. Cornus sericea is a popular ornamental shrub that is often planted for the red coloring of its twigs in the dormant season.