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Wednesday, March 16, 2016

They Don't Call It Red-Osier for Nothing

 
 
Red-osier, red-twig, red-stem, red-willow... whatever this is a dogwood. Cornus stolonifera, or Cornus sericea. Both names are correct.

At this time of year, the shrubs fairly glow against the gray of other bare bushes. Easy to spot as you walk down the road

red-osier dogwood

How about a closer view.

red-osier dogwood

Oddly enough, the stems can also be yellow. Either way, the color fades as the year matures. The flowers are not very showy and people rarely notice them.

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