Cornus can be deciduous shrubs or trees, or creeping, woody-based perennials, some with brightly coloured young stems. Tiny flowers are borne in dense clusters, sometimes with showy bracts. Many have a fine autumn colour.
'Baton Rouge' is a medium-sized, suckering, deciduous shrub forming a thicket of slender red stems that become bright crimson in winter. Leaves ovate, turning plum-coloured in autumn; flowers small, cream, in flat heads; berries bluish-white.
Will grow in most soil conditions in sun or partial shade.