Native SpeciesRedtwig dogwood

Cornus sericea
FOUND by RedtwigDogwoodB
ID Questioned
Quality checked by SW
Peer reviewed by BB & AP
Field Notes
The weather at first was snowing and very cold. Then it changed to rain, and then to hail. The ground was very icy, crunchy, and slippery. Which we had to be very carful where we stepped. We thought the plant would look a lot different then the one that we found. We smelled rain and the pine trees. We think that we found it because it was about the right height and had the same leaves. We also thought that the plant we found would look different. We were happy because we think we found our plant. We saw trees, dirt, plants, snow, ice, and rain. We heard the crunching over the snow, cars, and children talking. We smelled pine trees, exhaust, and air. The questions and problems we ran into were we thought another plant could be it.
A sketch of our study site.
Supporting Evidence
Photo of my evidence.
We think that we have found Redtwig Dogwood because the leaf had a pointed tip and round edges, our Vital Signs ID card says that in the fall the leaves turn a purplish red color and that is what our leaf looked like.
Photo of my evidence.
We also think that we found Redtwig Dogwood because our Vital Signs ID card shows a picture of small flowers about one cm in diameter. We found what we think is those flowers. The stem, branches, and twigs of the Redtwig Dogwood are usually red, but can change to green in the spring.
Photo of my evidence.
At first we thought that the Redtwig Dogwood was this Blackberry bush, then we realized that the Blackberry bush had different leaves and was only about a foot tall. So in conclusion we think that we found he Redtwig Dogwood (native to Maine) plant.
Species Observation: Species Looked For
Did you find it?: 
I think I found it
Scientific name:
Cornus sericea
Common name:
Redtwig dogwood
Sampling method: 
Photo of our sampling method.
Place Studied
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N 44.022426 °
W -70.964972 °
Observation Site Information
A photo of our study site.
Upland - Developed areas
Trip Information
MOMS School Yard (Powerline Rd)
Trip date: 
Tue, 2016-11-29 08:26
Town or city: 
Type of investigation: 
Species Survey
Lower Androscoggin


This observation is very good. The pictures are great, your writing is detailed and explanatory. Great job overall!

Your sketch is really good. You have very good pictures of the plant, i do believe that you found red twig dogwood. Your pictures are very focused and I could really tell what they are.

Thankyou for that

We liked how you guys took your pictures, how you did your sketch and you guys are very talented!