Scientific names: Cornus stolonifera
Alternate Names: Kinnikinnik, Red Dogwood
Description: A large spreading multi-stemmed, lightly suckering shrub, which may reach a height of 6-10 feet on favorable sites. Likes moist soil. Stems are dark to bright red, white fruit clusters are taken rapidly by birds. Native to the northern and eastern United States and Canada.
Leaves: Simple leaves, green above, whitish beneath, ovate to broadly lanceolate, mostly 4-15 cm long, 1-7 cm wide.
Flowers: White flowers crowded in dense bunches resulting in bunches of white berries in late summer.
Height: 3 to 10 feet
Diameter: 3 inch stems
Elevation: 3,500 to 9,000 feet
Zones: 3 to 8
Water: 22-25 inch precipitation equivalent
Habitat: Shores, stream banks, floodplains, moist wooded slopes, springs, fens and other wet or moist habitats
Uses: Useful for erosion control on stream banks. Showy colors make it a good ornamental. Red colored twigs are popular in basket weaving.
Wildlife: Little wildlife significance.