Plant Profile

Plant Profile: Red-osier Dogwood

Throughout the landscape, wintertime weather is often augmented by a color palette dominated by varying shades of brown and gray. And while many hikers enjoy viewing these winter landscapes with a light dusting of snow, others miss the lush greenery and vibrant colors typically seen throughout the forest preserves during spring and summer. For this reason, spotting red-osier dogwood (Cornus sericea) can be a real treat throughout the season. Red-osier dogwood most notably offers a welcome contrast to its surroundings because of the rich red color of the stems in winter.

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Plant Profile: Nannyberry Takes Care of Birds, Butterflies

With the weather beginning to change, fruiting plants will soon become a rare sight throughout the Forest Preserves of Cook County. However, one plant that may hold onto its fruit into the colder months is nannyberry (Viburnum lentago).

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