Native SpeciesRedtwig dogwood

Cornus sericea
NOT FOUND by RedtwigDogwoodA
ID Questioned
Quality checked by APD & IB
Peer reviewed by GL & TM
Field Notes
It was 11/29/16 and it was cold and damp. My group found something similar to the Redtwig Dogwood - we had assumed that it would be easy to find. It was so cold we could see our breath because it was winter. Therefore there were no leaves, so it was difficult to identify any plants. We are happy because we found something similar to the Redtwig.
Supporting Evidence
Photo of my evidence.
We most likely did not find the Redtwig dogwood, but we may have found the Tatarian dogwood. The leaf stubs were opposite like the Redtwig and tatarian, and the red stems were there.
Photo of my evidence.
We most likely found the Tatarian dogwood because it wasn't all the way red, meaning that the red faded to brown at the ends of the stems. Plus, the plant we found was not nearly as vibrant as the Redtwig, the tatarian has a deeper and a browner stem. There were no leaves because it is winter.
Photo of my evidence.
Another reason we probably found the Tatarian dogwood is that it wasn't as tall as the redtwig dogwood. We also observed that the plant we found had a waxy stem and the redtwig does not.
Species Observation: Species Looked For
Did you find it?: 
I think I did not find it
Scientific name:
Cornus sericea
Common name:
Redtwig dogwood
Sampling method: 
Photo of our sampling method.
Place Studied
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N 44.022288 °
W -70.964864 °
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


I love that you're considering all the possibilities for this plant! It could indeed be the Tartarian for all of the reasons you identify. The photo you include for your site, however, makes me think it may indeed be Redtwig. Red twigs are renowned to create large clumps - like in your photo. Also, in Maine you are much more likely to find stands of Redtwigs than Tartarian which tend to be used more by landscapers than nature. Was this a wild site or were there signs it had been created by humans?

Thank you, we did not find the redtwig dogwood we found the tartarian dogwood.

Great job on your field notes, they explain how you know that it is Redtwig Dogwood. We also had Redtwig Dogwood.