Page author: David Giblin
Cornus sericea
WTU specimens
Other herbaria

Distribution: Widely distributed throughout Washington; occurring in much of temperate North America.

Habitat: Moist soil, especially along streams, low to mid-elevations.

Flowers: May-July

Origin: Native

Conservation Status: Not of concern

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.

Accepted Name:
Cornus sericea L.

Synonyms:
(none provided)
Infraspecies:
ssp. occidentalis    Alaska to California, common both sides of the Cascades, east to Idaho
ssp. sericea    Common in Idaho and Montana, east to Pennsylvania
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Cornus sericea in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database.

WA Flora Checklist: Cornus sericea checklist entry.

E-Flora BC: Cornus sericea atlas page.

CalPhotos: Cornus sericea photos.

USDA Plants: Cornus sericea information.

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