Cornus sericea L.  
Family: Cornaceae
red osier dogwood
[Cornus alba subsp. stolonifera L., Cornus alba var. baileyi L., Cornus alba var. californica L., Cornus alba var. interior L., Cornus baileyi J.M.Coult. & W.H.Evans, Cornus instolonea A.Nelson, Cornus interior (Rydb.) N.Petersen, Cornus sericea subsp. sericea L., Cornus sericea subsp. stolonifera L., Cornus sericea var. interior L., Cornus stolonifera Michx., Cornus stolonifera var. baileyi Michx., Cornus stolonifera var. interior Michx., Cornus X californica C.A.Mey., Swida baileyi (J.M.Coult. & W.H.Evans) Rydb., Swida instolonea (A.Nelson) Rydb., Swida interior Rydb., Swida stolonifera (Michx.) Rydb.]
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Merel R. Black  
Etymology: Cornus: Latin cornu for "horn," probably referring to the hardness of the wood
Plants: perennial, 3' - 10' tall shrub; stems smooth, reddish-purple
Leaves: stalked, opposite, ovate to lance-like, whitish below, 1"-5" long
Flowers: white, 4-parted; inflorescence a 1"-2" flat, branched cluster (cyme); blooms June-July
Fruits: white-blue berry
Habitat: moist
Conservation Status: Native - potentially invasive
- Leaves with 5-6 lateral veins per side

- Upper leaf surface with short appressed hairs and/or softer, longer, wavy hairs

- Bark green but turning red in the fall

- Fruit (drupes) white

- Pith white

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Emmet J. Judziewicz  
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Paul Drobot  
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Merel R. Black  
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Kenneth J. Sytsma  
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