Dogwood (red-barked)

Cornus alba, commonly known as the red osier dogwood or red-barked dogwood, is a deciduous shrub native to North America. This dogwood species is cherished for its vibrant red branches in the winter, making it a popular choice for winter interest in gardens and landscapes.

The Appearance

A small deciduous tree or large shrub with a rounded crown and dark green leaves that turn red in autumn. It is known for its striking red bark in winter.


The Produce

In late spring to early summer, it produces clusters of small, creamy-white flowers. As summer progresses, the flowers give way to small, round, and glossy white berries.


The Flowers

Produces small, white to cream-colored flowers in late spring to early summer.


The Leaves

The leaf margins are smooth, and the venation is prominently visible.


The Bark

The bark is smooth and bright red, becoming more vivid in winter.


The Habitat

Prefers moist, well-drained soils and full sun to partial shade. Commonly found in gardens and parks.


The Ecology

Provides habitat and food for various wildlife, including birds and insects. The flowers attract pollinators.


The Culture

Popular in ornamental landscaping for its colorful winter bark and attractive flowers.


Fun Facts

The red-barked Dogwood is particularly valued for its vibrant winter color, adding interest to gardens during the colder months.

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