Silky Dogwood Cornus amomum
Family: Cornaceae (Dogwood)
Branching: Opposite

Similar to Red-osier Dogwood or Roundleaf Dogwood, but its pith is brown and mature bark has a striped appearance.  Like Red-osier it is usually found in wet places and has many stems.

Silky Dogwood twig.  Notice the velvety coating (Red-osier sometimes has this, too)

The hairy coating rubs off very easily

The brownish/tan pith is the best feature to distinguish from Red-osier (whose pith is white)

Notice how the mature bark acquires a striped appearance.

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