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September 19, 2008 / Bo Mackison

It’s the Berries

Red Dogwood Berries

Red Osier (Red Twigged Dogwood) Berries

A walk in the prairies show grasses are browning, flowers are setting seed, and this red osier shrub (red twigged dogwood) is ladened with bunches of heavy white berries. By the way, the berries do not turn red.

The dogwood’s name has nothing to do with dogs. The word is derived from an Old English wood dagge (dagger) and refers to the hardness of the wood. A European species was once used to make butchers’ skewers.


  1. Marcie / Sep 19 2008 12:14 pm

    Love these! Have never seen white ones like this…is it because they haven’t yet ripened? Nice!!!

  2. ybonesy / Sep 19 2008 3:17 pm

    These are beautiful! I’ve only seen white a few times, but I love orange berries. I wonder if those are a type of dogwood, too.

    I wonder if I can grow these here.

  3. montucky / Sep 19 2008 5:24 pm

    A sure sign, but a very pretty one!

  4. Bo / Sep 19 2008 5:38 pm

    The berries (which are actually drupes – they have a pit in them like an olive or a cherry, not seeds) are always white.

  5. Anna Surface / Sep 20 2008 9:44 am

    Lovely white berries. I do not believe I’ve seen white berries like these. I didn’t know that about the dogwood name. Very nice photo and post. 🙂

  6. visuallens / Sep 20 2008 8:48 pm

    Lovely photo and I saw few of the white berries missing. Some one must eat it?

  7. Gandalf / Sep 22 2008 9:09 am

    Interesting picture. I don’t think I’d like jelly made out of these items.

  8. Amelia / Sep 23 2008 6:15 pm

    These are cool. I don’t think I’ve ever seen white berries like these.

  9. Candid Carrie / Oct 12 2008 5:32 pm

    Oh my gosh! I have these on our wooded property and have been searching for about an hour trying to find the name of them! Thanks, these look exactly like what I have and I can now call them by their proper name!

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