Red osier dogwood is a small- to medium sized
shrub forming thickets up to 15 feet
tall but generally shorter. It is a low-growing
shrub, reaching heights of 6 to 10 feet. It
grows best in moist to somewhat wet loams.
Uses include erosion control, stream bank
protection and wildlife food. Fruit and twigs
are used by several species of wildlife, such as
robins, cedar waxwings, rabbits and deer. The
red osier dogwood provides dense cover for
a large number of wildlife species.