One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1North American (more fully "redtwig dogwood") any of various dogwoods (genus Cornus) having red bark.
2US (more fully "redtwig Leucothoe") an ericaceous shrub, Leucothoe recurva, of the south-eastern United States.
Late 18th century; earliest use found in William Marshall (bap. 1745, d. 1818), agricultural writer and land agent.
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