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Plant Name:

Redosier Dogwood

Scientific Name:

Cornus sericea


A native deciduous shrub with distinctive red or yellow bark and clusters of small white flowers.


Native to North America and often found in wet environments such as marshes, wetlands, and along stream banks.


Redosier Dogwood provides food and habitat for a variety of wildlife species, including birds such as the ruffed grouse and yellow-rumped warbler who use the shrub for cover and nesting, and mammals such as beavers who may eat the shrub's bark and use the shrub for construction.

Growing Conditions:

Prefers moist soil and partial shade to full sun.


Often used in wetland restoration projects and as an ornamental shrub in landscaping. The shrub's bark has been used for medicinal purposes.

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Fun Facts:

Redosier Dogwood is also known as "red osier" or "red twig dogwood".

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Photo Credit

USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Herman, D.E. et al. 1996. North Dakota tree handbook. USDA NRCS ND State Soil Conservation Committee; NDSU Extension and Western Area Power Admin., Bismarck, ND.

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