Cornus sericea/stolonifera is the botanical name of red-twig dogwood. Some of its common names include red twig dogwood, redosier dogwood, western dogwood, American dogwood, and redstem dogwood.
Red twig dogwoods are fast growing, many stemmed shrub, reaching a mature size of 4-8 feet tall with a spread of 10 feet. Stems and twigs dark red when young, gradually fading to grey-green, becoming red again in the fall and winter. It prefers sun but tolerates partial shade.
Leaves are 2 to 4 inch long and arranged opposite with prominent lateral veins that curve toward the tip and smooth edges. The color is green above, pale green below turning red in the fall.
The red twig dogwood has small, dull white or creamy flowers in flat top clusters about 2 inches across appearing in late May to early July. Maturing in August to September, the fruit is dull white, 1/4 to 1/3 inch in diameter in rounded clusters. Individual plants generally first bear fruit at 3 to 4 years of age, but older plants are more prolific. Fruit is low in sugar so it is initially less attractive to wildlife and less inclined to rot than other fruits, staying on the plant through the winter and available when other fruits are gone.