About the Dogwood -
The Redosier Dogwood, Cornus sericea, is a freely
spreading shrub with many stems, 3-18' tall;
branching is opposite, young stems (and most old
ones) often bright, smooth, shiny red. Leaves are
opposite, deciduous, oval 5-10 cm long. White
threads run through the veins toewards the leaf tip.
Flowers are white to greenish, small 2-4 mm
across with 4 petals.; flowers are numerous in dense
flat-topped clusters. Fruits are white, berry-like
drupes, 7-9 mm long. This plant brightens up a
winter landscape. Shade tolerant; provides cover and
food for wildlife and birds. It is adapted to both
wet and dry sites and a variety of soil types.