Red osier dogwood is 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. Noteworthy characteristics: Native from Newfoundland to Manitoba, south to the central U.S. May be hardy to Zone 2. Use as a screen, in a shrub border, or in mass plantings. Foliage Color: Clusters of white flowers appear in late May to early June, followed by white to pale blue fruit. Green stems turn reddish or purple-red from late summer into early fall, becoming brighter in winter.
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