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Cultural Details for Cornus sericea

Common Name:
Red-twig (Redosier) Dogwood

Growth Rate:
Fast, quite vigorous.

Average Mature Height:

Average Mature Width:
Spreads 10' or more.

Flower Details:
Dull white borne 1.5-2.5" diameter flat topped cymes in May-June.

Fruit Details:
Drupe, 0.33" diameter milky white borne in August-September.

Fall Color:
Purplish to reddish purple.

Bark Details:
Stems red color.

Disease / Insect Problems or Resistance:
Twig blight (canker), leaf spot, scale and bagworms.

Native Habitat:
Newfoundland to Manitoba south to Virginia, Kentucky and Nebraska. Cultivated 1656.

Other Features:
Excellent in mass plantings in large areas. Effective bank cover, Great plants for winter gardening especially mixed or contrasted with various needle evergreens.

Culture and Care:
Fibrous rooted, easily moved bare rooted, balled/burlapped or container grown. Widely adaptable to a wide range of soil and climates. Best in moist soils.

This plant was blooming:

Plantings of this cultivar at Boone County Arboretum:

    The information on this page may have come from one or more of the following sources:
  • Dirr, Michael. Manual of Woody Landscape Plants. Stipes Publishing. 1998.
  • Hightshoe, Gary L. Native Trees, Shrubs, and Vines for Urban and Rural America. John Wiley & Sons. 1988.
  • North Carolina Extension Plant Fact Sheets.
  • University of Connecticut Plant Database.