Cornaceae: Dogwood Family

Western Red / Creek Dogwood – Cornus sericea subsp. occidentalis

Blooms:

May–July

Plant Height:

1–6 m

Flower Size:

Large cluster

Origin:

Native

Habitat:

Moist areas, streamsides

Notes:

A common large shrub found in moist places with clusters of small cruciform flowers and creamy white fruits.  Leaves are deciduous with 4–7 veins, unlike the less common Brown Dogwood (Cornus glabrata) which has 3–4 veins and is found inland and in the southern parts of the county.