Vascular Plants - Cornaceae - Cornus:
Cornus sericea
Page Author: David Giblin
redosier dogwood, creek dogwood, western red osier 
Blooms: May-July
Habit: shrub
Duration: perennial
Origin: Native
Conservation Status: Abundant; of no concern.

Distribution: Widely distributed throughout Washington; occurring in much of temperate North America.
Habitat: Moist soil, especially along streams, low to mid-elevations.
Species Description:

General: Deciduous, many-stemmed shrub 2-6 m. tall, spreading by layering of decumbent or prostrate stems; younger branches bright reddish to reddish-purple, becoming grayish-green with age.
Leaves: Leaves opposite, petiolate, the blades ovate to elliptic-ovate, acuminate, 4-12 cm. long, greenish on the upper surface and much paler below.
Flowers: Flowers in flat-topped cymes, without showy bracts; sepals 4, very small; petals 4, white, 2-4 mm. long; stamens 4; style 1, 1-3 mm. long.
Fruits: Drupe 7-9 mm. long, white to bluish, glabrous to pubescent.
Subspecies & Varieties:
Accepted Name:
Cornus sericea L.
Synonyms:
Cornus stolonifera Michx.

Treated in Flora of the PNW as:
Cornus stolonifera
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria Specimens: View list of all Cornus sericea specimens in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database.

WTU Herbarium Specimens: View list of Cornus sericea specimens in the WTU Herbarium database.

Washington Flora Checklist: Cornus sericea treatment.

E-Flora BC: Cornus sericea atlas page.

CalPhotos: Cornus sericea images.

USDA Plants Database: Cornus sericea.
Additional photographs of Cornus sericea:
(click on a thumbnail to view larger photo)

Clayton J. Antieau, 1986

Clayton J. Antieau, 1983

Clayton J. Antieau, 1991

Ben Legler, 2004

Ben Legler, 2004

Ben Legler, 2004

Ben Legler, 2004

Clayton J. Antieau, 2004

Clayton J. Antieau, 2004

Jim Riley

Clayton J. Antieau, 2004

Clayton J. Antieau, 2004

H. Tim Gladwin, 1983

H. Tim Gladwin, 1994

H. Tim Gladwin, 1985

H. Tim Gladwin, 1979

Bud Kovalchik

Bud Kovalchik

Bud Kovalchik

Bud Kovalchik

Bud Kovalchik

Bud Kovalchik

Ben Legler, 2006

Ben Legler, 2006

Ben Legler, 2006

Ben Legler, 2006

Ben Legler, 2006

Ben Legler, 2006

Ben Legler, 2005

Ben Legler, 2005

G. D. Carr, 2007

G. D. Carr, 2007

G. D. Carr, 2007

G. D. Carr, 2007

G. D. Carr, 1981

Chris Wood, 2010

Harry Thomas, 2011

Harry Thomas, 2011

Harry Thomas, 2011

Craig Althen, 2012

Craig Althen, 2012

Craig Althen, 2012

Ron Bockelman, 2011

Ron Bockelman, 2012

Ron Bockelman, 2012

Ron Bockelman, 2011

Ron Bockelman, 2011

Ron Bockelman, 2011

Ron Bockelman, 2011

Brian Luther, 2014

Brian Luther, 2015

Brian Luther, 2015

Brian Luther, 2015

Brian Luther, 2015

Brian Luther, 2015

Brian Luther, 2015

Susan McDougall, 2014

Susan McDougall, 2014

Gary Brill, 2015

Brian Luther, 2016

Roger T. George, 2016
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