Flora of Scotts Creek Watershed
Cornus sericea - Creek Dogwood
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Family Name: Cornaceae
Common Names: Creek Dogwood, American Dogwood, Red Osier
Origin: Native to California
Habitat: Generally moist habitats, wet meadows, swamps, riparian zones, moist forests, below 9000 ft.
Life Form and Duration: Perennial Shrub, 1.5-4.5 m
Comments on overall growth: Multistemmed shrub, can form dense thickets
Bark and Stem Description: Twigs reddish to purple, generally hairless. Older stems grayish green.
Foliage Type: Deciduous
Foliage Description: Opposite, simple, elliptical, 4-10 cm long, margins entire and wavy, upper surfaces green and seemingly hairless, lower surfaces pale green with sparse stiff straight hairs, characteristic veins: 4-7 prominent lateral veins, evenly spaced and curving towards leaf tip near margins.
Infloresence Description: Cyme, cluster of small white flowers
Fruit Type: Drupe
Fruit Description: Spherical, ~ 6 mm in diameter, white to cream, or blue