Vignetted bush - Knowledgebase Question

Wyomissing, PA
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Question by mcg1
February 7, 2006
I've been looking for the name of a bush. It's has attractive bark that vignettes from a gold color to a salmon, pink color in the winter when the leaves drop. Do you know the name of the plant. It's not the red dogwood bush.

Answer from NGA
February 7, 2006
There are several different cultivars of Cornus sericea and C. racemosa with color-changing bark that can appear to glow in almost sunset colors in winter, but if you are certain it is not a twig dogwood shrub then it might be a Japanese maple of some sort. Acer palmatum "Sangu-kaku" comes to mind as one with excellent winter bark color that turns coral/salmon in colder weather. Here is a description and (summer) photo, you may need to cut and paste the complete url into your browser to make it work correctly.

The best way to try to identify a woody plant like this is to take some photos of the overall plant and also close-ups and work with your local professionally trained nurseryman or possibly a reference librarian. A well trained nurseryman should be able to identify it at least as far as species both with and without leaves. I hope this helps.

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