Seen growing in snowdrifts, with a few of last year's dried leaves and fruits still attached. The bark on these specimens was distinctly reddish, and these relatively young individuals stood about 160 cm high.
Cornus sericea, syn. C. stolonifera, Swida sericea, (red osier dogwood) is a species of flowering plant in the family Cornaceae, native throughout northern and western North America from Alaska east to Newfoundland, south to Durango and Nuevo León in the west, and Illinois and Virginia in the east. Other names include red willow, redstem dogwood, redtwig dogwood, red-rood, American dogwood, creek dogwood, and western dogwood.