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Cornus sericea 'Flaviramea'; Cornus sericea 'Lutea'

Common Name(s):
Yellow twig dogwood
Category:
Shrubs
Comment:

Sometimes sold as C. cericea 'Lutea'; can become invasive; spreads by stolons; best color on young, vigorous stems so severely prune in early spring.

Seasons of Interest:

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

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. Often develops canker. Other diseases include powdery mildew, leaf spot, root rot and leaf & twig blight. It can also become vulnerable to borers. 

Height:
5-6 ft.
Foliage:
Canary-yellow stems in winter; ovate to lanceolate dark green leaves; 2-4 in. long; reddish-purple fall color
Flower:
Dull white flowers on flat-topped cyme in spring; short-lived, dark purple drupe in fall
Zones:
3 to 9
Habit:
Deciduous
Site:
Sun to light shade; range of soil types but prefers moist to wet, well-drained, highly organic soil
Texture:
Medium
Form:
Loose, multi-stemmed shrub; broad-spreading rounded mound; upright stems with short horizontal branching
Width:
5 ft.
Tags:
shelter, winter interest, winter, nesting, stems, deciduous, fall color, bees, birds, nectar, pollinator, specialized bees, wildlife, bark

NCCES plant id: 1509

Cornus sericea 'Flaviramea' Cornus sericea 'Flaviramea' in fall
F.D. Richards, CC-BY-SA-2.0
Cornus sericea 'Flaviramea' Cornus sericea 'Flaviramea' stem color
Plant Image Library, CC-BY-SA-2.0