Red-osier Dogwood (Cornus sericea)


This fast-growing species serves as a host plant to Spring Azure caterpillars. Red Osier Dogwood also yields fruits that are favorites of wild birds and other wildlife. This species of Dogwood has dark red stems that can be quite striking against white snow throughout the winter.

Plants are currently being sold in gallon-sized recycled plastic pots that were donated to our nursery by community members.

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Why are We Planting This?

Ecological Gifts
Berries are enjoyed by birds. Serves as a host plant for the Spring Azure Butterfly.

Medicinal Gifts
History of use in herbal medicine. See below.

Other Gifts
The plant reportedly has a number of other uses, including as a fiber, toothpowder, and dye. We’re most excited about learning to weave it into baskets alongside willow. See full description of other gifts below.

Read more about the ethnobotany of this plant and its history of medicinal uses at the fully-referenced Plants for a Future and the Native American Ethnobotany Database.

Additional information

Special Features

Good for Wild Birds, Host Plants


Full, Partial, Shade


Average, Dry, Wet



Bloom Color


Bloom Time

August, July, June

Native Plant Category

Trees, Shrubs, and Vines

Type of Plant

Native to Michigan