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C O M M O N  N A M E: Red Twig Dogwood, Red Osier Dogwood
F A M I L Y: Cornaceae
H A B I T:   Deciduous shrub
O R I G I N:  Native to US except the Midwest and Deep South
Z O N E :  3 to 8   
H E I G H T:  6 to 12 feet on average  
S U N :  Full sun to part shade
S O I L : Moist, well-drained, medium to wet

T A G S :  perennial, fruit, wildlife attractor, deer resistant, birds, massing, ornamental, multi-season interest

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Foliage comes in summer, is bright green, ovate, simple, opposite in arrangement, acuminate tips, 2.5 inches wide and 2 to 5 inches long. In fall, the leaves turn a deep burgundy red.

White flower clusters bloom in late spring (May to June).

Fruits are glassy white to pale blue and emerge as clusters in late summer (August) to September.   


For placement, consider that the native habitat for Cornus sericea is in or near river banks, lake shores and wooded, wet areas. Pruning is optional and can be done in early spring to promote an intense red display. Remove suckers immediately ( the growth that occurs a meristem of the plant and not the root or seed) to reduce its spread. Otherwise, they are a low maintenance shrub and remain generally disease free.

L A N D S C A P E   V A L U E

A good selection for naturalistic settings, prairies and meadows, near ponds and for woodland gardens. Because of its multi-season interest, its bright colors of red or yellow adds color and animation to a winter landscape when its color really shines.