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Tatarian Dogwood Cornus sericea

Other Common Name(s):

Other plants called Tatarian Dogwood:

Previously known as:

  • Cornus stolonifera
Description

Red-twig dogwood tolerates a range of soil conditions, including wet and dry sites, and is also air pollution tolerant.  It grows vigorously and spreads by underground stems to form a colony that can become weedy in some areas, though its spreading roots can help mitigate erosion.  Its showy red stems provide great winter interest.  They work well as a specimen or massed in a shrub border, or used in front of an evergreen hedge for contrast.  They tolerate wet areas so they can be planted in low spots in landscapes.  Use them to form a hedge or thicket and provide screening or security.

Seasons of Interest:

   Foliage: Fall    Bloom: Summer, early   Fruit: Summer-Fall, red berries  Bark:  Winter

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. 


 

 

Cultivars / Varieties:
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Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#bees#deciduous#fall color#birds#interesting bark#wildlife plant#weedy#nectar plant#cover plant#shelter#winter interest#riparian#tsc#fall interest#wetlands#playground#wet sites#small mammals#specialized bees#multistemmed#dry soil tolerant#children's garden#edible fruits#fall fruits#pollinator plant#virgous#winter stems#nesting sites#larval host plant
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Cornus
    Species:
    sericea
    Family:
    Cornaceae
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Seed
    Stem Cutting
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    North America
    Wildlife Value:
    Fruits are attractive to birds and small mammals and plants provide nesting sites.  It is the larval host plant of the Spring Azure butterfly. Members of the genus Cornus support the following specialized bees: Andrena (Gonandrena) fragilis, Andrena (Gonandrena) integra, and Andrena (Gonandrena) platyparia.
    Play Value:
    Attracts Pollinators
    Wildlife Cover/Habitat
    Wildlife Food Source
    Wildlife Larval Host
    Wildlife Nesting
    Dimensions:
    Height: 5 ft. 0 in. - 9 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 5 ft. 0 in. - 10 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Shrub
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Habit/Form:
    Erect
    Mounding
    Multi-stemmed
    Multi-trunked
    Rounded
    Spreading
    Growth Rate:
    Medium
    Texture:
    Medium
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil pH:
    Neutral (6.0-8.0)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Moist
    Occasionally Dry
    Occasionally Wet
    Available Space To Plant:
    6-feet-12 feet
    Usda Plant Hardiness Zone:
    2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Color:
    Black
    White
    Fruit Value To Gardener:
    Edible
    Display/Harvest Time:
    Summer
    Fruit Type:
    Drupe
    Fruit Description:
    White with a blue tinge fruits are attractive to birds and hold even more ornamental value than the flowers.
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Cream/Tan
    Gold/Yellow
    Green
    White
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Cyme
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Spring
    Summer
    Flower Description:
    Dull white flowers on flat-topped cyme in early summer; short-lived dark purple drupe in fall
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Deciduous Leaf Fall Color:
    Gray/Silver
    Purple/Lavender
    Red/Burgundy
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Opposite
    Leaf Shape:
    Lanceolate
    Ovate
    Leaf Margin:
    Entire
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    3-6 inches
    Leaf Description:
    Medium to dark green ovate to lacelolate leaves; 2" to 5" long; go from orange to purplish to reddish in the fall.
  • Bark:
    Bark Color:
    Red/Burgundy
    Surface/Attachment:
    Smooth
    Bark Description:
    Showy bark provides winter interest.
  • Stem:
    Stem Color:
    Brown/Copper
    Red/Burgundy
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
    Stem Description:
    Slender, upright bright red to dark blood-red stems with horizontal branching provide interest in winter; the best color on young, vigorous stems so severely prune in early spring.
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Recreational Play Area
    Slope/Bank
    Landscape Theme:
    Butterfly Garden
    Children's Garden
    Drought Tolerant Garden
    Edible Garden
    Pollinator Garden
    Winter Garden
    Design Feature:
    Barrier
    Hedge
    Mass Planting
    Screen/Privacy
    Security
    Specimen
    Attracts:
    Butterflies
    Pollinators
    Small Mammals
    Songbirds
    Specialized Bees
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Drought
    Dry Soil
    Erosion
    Wet Soil
    Wind