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What is the scientific name for red-osier dogwood?
Red osier dogwood/Scientific names
Red Osier Dogwood (Cornus sericea L. Of the approximately 50 species of dogwood (genus Cornus) found worldwide, 16 are native to the United States. Red osier dogwood (Cornus sericea L.
What family is red-osier dogwood?
Red osier dogwood/Family
How do I identify red-osier dogwood?
It has smooth white berries, and flowers that bloom from June to August. The red-osier dogwood can be easily identified by breaking apart a leaf; the false-veins tend to remain intact, parallel, and attached to both halves.
Is red osier and red twig dogwood the same?
You may know it by one of its many other names: Red osier dogwood, Red willow, Red stem dogwood, Red twig dogwood, Red-rood, American dogwood, Creek dogwood, and Western dogwood. Red twig dogwood is a deciduous loose-spreading shrub, growing 6-12 ft. tall, with smooth, dark red, shiny bark.
Where is red osier dogwood?
The redosier dogwood is native to North America, with a range that extends over most of the United States from Newfoundland to Mexico, California to Virginia. It is also known as red dogwood, redstem dogwood, and red willow.
How does red osier dogwood spread?
Its ability to spread underground makes it a great choice for erosion control. Red-osier dogwood is a freely spreading deciduous shrub that grows 3 to 18 feet tall. Control overenthusiastic spread and maintain a fine winter show by periodically cutting the shrub to the ground to encourage fresh growth.
Is red osier dogwood edible?
The fruit is eaten raw or cooked. It is juicy but bitter and unpalatable for many people. Native North Americans mix it with other fruits such as Juneberries (Amelanchier spp) and then dry it for winter use.
Where is red osier dogwood found?
The redosier dogwood is native to North America, with a range that extends over most of the United States from Newfoundland to Mexico, California to Virginia. It is also known as red dogwood, redstem dogwood, and red willow. Native Americans use the inner bark in tobacco mixtures in the sacred pipe ceremony.
How do you start a red osier dogwood?
Drive the stakes directly into the ground with a mallet or similar instrument. Plant live stakes during the dormant season, late fall through spring. Make certain at least two nodes are below ground and two are above ground. Roots grow from below-ground nodes and leaves grow from above-ground nodes.
What can you use red osier dogwood for?
Red osier dogwood is medically potent enough that it was used for sore eyes, against colds and fevers, for intestinal worms, for headaches, for bleeding nose or mouth and for women after childbirth. The bark contains coronic acid which reportedly has effects similar to salicylic acid (the active ingredient of aspirin).
Is red osier dogwood invasive?
Red osier dogwood prefers full sun to part shade and medium to wet soil conditions. Because of the densely growing underground stems and rapid growth rate, red osier dogwood can become invasive.
Where does red osier dogwood grow?