Invasive Species Council of British Columbia
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Red-osier dogwood

Cornus stolonifera

About This Species

Zone 2a BC Native

Grow me instead of Japanese knotweed, Bohemian knotweed, Himalayan knotweed, Giant knotweed

Red osier dogwood is a twiggy deciduous shrub named for its bright red stems in the winter. It is very moisture tolerant and is often used in streamside restoration projects. In the spring it has clusters of delicate, lacelike white flowers that attract pollinators and ribbed green foliage that makes an excellent contrast against the red bark. In the fall and winter, flowers are replaced with white berries that are prized by birds. A good plant to use as a border or in gardens with poor drainage or to use as a habitat plant for birds.

When selecting non-invasive plants for your garden, be sure to look for those that are suitable for your location, including moisture requirements, hardiness zone, and avoidance of known bear attractants among other factors.

Plant Special Features

  • Fire smart
  • Pollinator friendly

Moisture Requirements


Moist but well-drained conditions