Cornus sericea (stolonifera)

Red Twig Dogwood

Categories: Shrubs

Red osier dogwood is a deciduous shrub with a rounded, spreading form. Opposite leaves with rounded bases are ovate to lance-shaped and dark green, turning a dull red, purple-red, or orange in autumn. Clusters of white flowers appear in late May to early June, followed by white to pale blue fruit. Green stems turn reddish or purple-red from late summer into early fall, becoming brighter in winter.


More About Cornus sericea (stolonifera)

  • bright red twigs in fall/winter
  • native to northeast

Native from Newfoundland to Manitoba, south to the central U.S.  May be hardy to Zone 2. Use as a screen, in a shrub border, or in mass plantings.



Height:

5-8 Feet

Spread:

5-7 ft

Spacing:

2-5 ft

Hardiness Zone:

3-8

Cornus sericea (stolonifera) Characteristics

Attributes

  • Specimen
  • Border
  • Drought Tolerant
  • Good for Naturalizing
  • Mass Plant
  • Screening/Hedge
  • Salt Tolerant
  • Native to Northeast

Critter Resistance

  • Deer Resistant

Exposure

  • Sun Tolerant
  • Part Sun/Part Shade

Growth Rate in the Garden

  • Medium

Season of Interest (Flowering)

  • Late Spring / Early Summer

Fall Color

  • Multicolored

Flower Color

  • White

Fruit

  • bright red

Habit

  • Rounded
  • Mounding