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Cornus sericea (C. stolonifera)

Common Name(s):
Red osier dogwood, Redtwig dogwood
Category:
Shrubs
Comment:

Drought, wind, air pollution tolerant; vigorous; spreads by underground stems to form a colony; can become invasive

Height:
5-9 ft.
Foliage:
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
Flower:
Dull white flowers on flat-topped cyme in early summer; short-lived dark purple drupe in fall
Zones:
2 to 7
Habit:
Deciduous
Site:
Sun to partial shade; tolerates range of soil conditions including wet or dry sites
Texture:
Medium
Form:
Loose, multi-stemmed shrub; broad, spreading, rounded mound; upright stems with short horizontal branching
Width:
5-10 ft.
Tags:
riparian, deciduous, fall color, birds, wildlife, facultative-wetland

NCCES plant id: 1510

Cornus sericea (C. stolonifera) Cornus sericea (C. stolonifera)
Photo by Tom Brandt, CC BY - 2.0
Cornus sericea (C. stolonifera) Cornus sericea (C. stolonifera)
Photo by Peter Stevens, CC BY - 2.0
Cornus sericea (C. stolonifera) C. sericea growth habit (center)
Photo by F. D. Richards, CC-BY-SA-2.0