Red-osier Dogwood - Cornus sericea


    A deciduous shrub with a rounded, spreading form. Opposite leaves with rounded bases are ovate to lance-shaped and dark green, turning a dull red, purple-red, or orange in autumn. Clusters of white flowers appear in late May to early June, followed by white to pale blue fruit. Green stems turn bright red in winter.

    Similar Species

    Other Dogwoods

    Identification difficulty

    Often cultivated but becomes naturalised, sometimes quite a long way from habitation.

    When to see it

    Flowers late May to early June followed by distinctive white berries in autumn.

    Life History


    UK Status

    Widespread as a naturalised shrub in Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Occasionally becomes naturalised in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was not recorded.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    MAP KEY:

    Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
    Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

    UK Map