Red osier dogwood

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Red osier dogwood: Cornus serica (formerly C. stolonifera)

In the Dogwood family

Growth form: Many stemmed deciduous shrub, spreading; layering branches on ground often root

Leaves:  Opposite, oval, sharp-pointed.  5-7 prominent veins converge at the tip.

Stems:  thin young stems are bright red; older stems are brown.

Flowers:  Small, white, in dense flat-topped clusters

Fruits:  Clusters of white berry-like stone fruits.  White to bluish.  Unpalatalbe-bitter.