About This Plant

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. It typically reaches heights of 6 to 9 feet (1.8 to 2.7 meters) with a similar spread, forming a rounded, multi-stemmed shrub.

The Story


The leaves are opposite, simple, and ovate to elliptic in shape, measuring approximately 2 to 4 inches in length. The leaf margins are smooth, and the venation is prominently visible. The leaves are green in the summer and may turn reddish-purple in autumn.


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. These berries are not only decorative but also attract birds, adding a touch of wildlife interest to the landscape.
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