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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.

Seasons of Interest:

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

Seed: Drupe

Play Value: Wildlife Enhancement

Notes: Multi-trunked

Wildlife Value: Fruits are attractive to birds and plants provide nesting sites.  Members of the genus Cornus support the following specialized bees: Andrena (Gonandrena) fragilisAndrena (Gonandrena) integraand 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. 

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:
play, playground, nesting, wet soil, deciduous, wildilfe, wet sites, bees, fall color, birds, nectar, pollinator, specialized bees, wildlife, riparian, facultative-wetland, shelter, children’s garden, wet

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 (center)
Photo by F. D. Richards, CC-BY-SA-2.0