red osier dogwood, Other names Red Willow, Kinnikinnick, Redstem Dogwood, Redtwig Dogwood, Red-rood, American Dogwood, Creek Dogwood, and Western Dogwood. Deciduous Shrub. Used by some Indian Tribes to treat colds and slow bleeding, as a Tobacco, or Dye. Used now as soil erosion control as root system provides strong soil retention. So its MEDICINAL & has tough roots.
Red Dogwood is an excellent choice if you want to create some interest in the garden during snowy winter months. Google Image Result for http://www.provenwinners.com/sites/provenwinners.com/files/imagecache/low-resolution/ifa_upload/cornus_arctic_fire_farrow_121310.jpg