Cornus sericea
(redtwig dogwood)
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Category: Shrubs and Small Trees

Photo Credits: Courtesy Missouri Botanical Garden PlantFinder

Additional Species:

‘Isanti,’ 4 to 6 feet and finer texture; ‘Allemans,’ compact and dense; ‘Cardinal,’ large with brilliant red winter twigs; ‘Farrow’ (Arctic Fire), 3 to 4 feet, ‘Firedance’ (compact, 3 to 4’ ht.)

Height: 4 – 10 feet


Spread:  10 feet


Location: Bottom, Sides, Top of Berm


Native Status: NE


Fruit: whitish to purple drupe fruit clusters in late summer, taken readily by birds


Comments & Cautions:
bird habitat value; multi-season interest; best stem color produced on new stems; cultivars are smaller, more dense, or variegated; some disease and insect issues


Recommended For:

  • Bioretention and Rain Gardens

This plant prefers that the level of moisture in your soil be: Wet or Moist or Average or Dry

This plant prefers Sand or Loam or Clay soil.

The plant DOES NOT have a salt tolerance.


Bloom and Interest Season:

Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
June
July
Aug
Sept
Oct
Nov
Dec

Plant Form

upright, multi-stemmed, and spreading or suckering; stoloniferous red stems provide winter interest

Foliage

smooth green leaves with distinct veins; reddish-purple to yellow fall color; medium texture

Flowers

small white flowers in flat-topped clusters; May-June and intermittently through summer

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