Red Osier Dogwood - kʷikʷxʷicac - (Cornus sericea)
Red Osier Dogwood is a large, fast-growing, loose thicket-forming, multi-stemmed deciduous shrub. The shrub has green, ovate leaves in summer, which turn a rich purplish-red in the fall, along with stems that turn bright-red. The coloring of the stem persists through winter months providing a brilliant pop of color. The shrub blossoms in late spring, occasionally, sporadically in summer, in clusters of tiny, creamy-white flowers, beloved by butterflies and other pollinators. These fragrant flowers are followed by clusters of blue-tinged white berries that are a favorite of birds and other wildlife. The Red Osier Dogwood is easily pruned in home landscaping or great in natural settings for erosion control along waterways. Native Americans have used the inner-bark of the shrub in smoking mixtures in traditional tobaccos, and as a dye.
*Prefers full sun to partial shade
*Prefers organically rich, evenly moist to wet, well-drained soils
*Suitable for slopes, in front of evergreens, as shrub borders, along ponds or streams, and naturalistic plantings to form thickets or to aid in erosion control.
*7 to 9 feet in height
*Sold Bare Root
*Sold in bundles of 5
kʷikʷxʷicac *Lushootseed provided by the Puyallup Tribal Language Program and audio by Chris Briden, Puyallup Tribal member.