Accepted name: Cornus sericea subsp. sericea
Deciduous shrub to about 2 m tall. Branches maroon, hairless, except in cultivars. Leaves to 10 cm long, oblong to lanceolate, waxy-blue on both surfaces, tip pointed, vein pairs 4-7. Flowers white in flat-topped clusters 4-5 cm wide; summer. Fruits white, 6-9 mm wide. Syn. C. sericea L.
Coloured-stem cultivars are often grown next to water for their reflections.
E North America, Mexico.
Source: (2002). Cornaceae. In: . Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 3. Flowering plants. Dicotyledons. Part 2. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.
Non-stoloniferous with downy new shoots that are reddish brown in winter. Leaves woolly-hairy below, at least on the veins and in the vein axils. Flowers small, in woolly clusters. Syn. C. baileyi Coult. & W.H. Evans, C. sericea f. baileyi (Coult. & W.H. Evans) Fosb.
Leaves yellow in autumn; shoots yellow-green.