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
- 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