Cornus sericea (C. stolonifera)
- Common Name(s):
- Red osier dogwood, Redtwig dogwood
Drought, wind, air pollution tolerant; vigorous; spreads by underground stems to form a colony; can become invasive.
Seasons of Interest:
Foliage: Fall Bloom: Summer, early Fruit: Summer-Fall, red berries
Wildlife Value: Fruits are attractive to birds and plants provide nesting sites. Members of the genus Cornus support the following specialized bees: Andrena (Gonandrena) fragilis, Andrena (Gonandrena) integra, and Andrena (Gonandrena) platyparia.
Insects, Diseases and Other Problems: Leaf miner and scale are less serious potential insect pests. When stressed, is susceptible to a large number of disease problems, most serious is dogwood anthracnose. Other diseases include powdery mildew, leaf spot, canker, root rot and leaf & twig blight. It can also become vulnerable to borers.
- 5-9 ft.
- Opposite, simple, medium to dark green leaves; 2 to 5 in. long; purplish to reddish fall color; slender, upright bright red to dark blood-red stems in winter; best color on young, vigorous stems so severely prune in early spring
- Dull white flowers on flat-topped cyme in early summer; short-lived dark purple drupe in fall
- 2 to 7
- Sun to partial shade; tolerates range of soil conditions including wet or dry sites
- Loose, multi-stemmed shrub; broad, spreading, rounded mound; upright stems with short horizontal branching
- 5-10 ft.
NCCES plant id: 1510