Cornus sericea (red osier dogwood) is native to northern & western North America; prefers damp soil; med-tall decid. shrub, spreading underground to form dense thickets; branches & twigs = dark red, if not growing in shaded areas; fall color maybe bright red – purple; small dull white flowers in clusters; fruit – small round white berry; popular ornamental shrub often planted for the red coloring of its twigs in the dormant season.
Cornus sericea (Red Osier Dogwood) This deciduous plant offers four seasons of interest with bright red bark in winter, clusters of creamy white flowers in spring, tiny white berries (a songbird favorite) amongst a thicket of greenery in summer and purplish leaves in autumn. Height 6-12′. Grows in wet soils and is great for riparian areas. Stems can be used to make a nice red dye. Hardy to zone 3.
ARCTIC FIRE is a dwarf redtwig dogwood cultivar that is primarily grown for its bright red winter stems which are particularly showy against a snowy backdrop. It typically grows to 3-4’ tall and as wide with dense stems.