Red-osier Dogwood Cornus stolonifera
Family: Cornaceae (Dogwood)
This species and Silky Dogwood can look very similar and usually they
grow in the same habitat (wet areas). Both are characterized by
stems, but Red-osier has white pith (as opposed to brown) and it's
mature bark is spotted (and not striped). In the fall, its
fruits are white, while Silky Dogwood fruits are blue. Red-osier
also resembles Roundleaf Dogwood.
In cases where habitat or the distinguishing features of
Roundleaf are not conclusive, identification can be very difficult
Red-osier Dogwood end bud. They can be fuzzy like Silky Dogwood.
A closer look at a lateral bud and leaf scar
The pith of Red-osier Dogwood is white, unlike the tan pith of Silky Dogwood
Red-osier bark. It has raised lumps near the base that persist as it ages, unlike Silky which becomes striped.
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