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Cornus sericea

Redosier Dogwood

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Redosier Dogwood is a deciduous shrub, which adds color to the winter landscape with bright red, multi-branching stems. Its small, white flowers...

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Description:

Redosier Dogwood is a deciduous shrub, which adds color to the winter landscape with bright red, multi-branching stems. Its small, white flowers bloom May-June. The flowers are followed by clusters of white, berry-like fruits, which are attractive to birds. The dark-green leaves turn shades of red, orange, and purple in the fall. Redosier Dogwood is a host plant for butterfly and moth larvae (caterpillars), including Spring Azure (Celastrina “ladon”). Native Americans used the wood to make bows, stems to make baskets, and bark to make a natural dye. This shrub will tolerate wet or boggy soil conditions. Use it in shrub borders, as property screens, or along pond or steam banks to prevent soil erosion.

Plant Details:

Plant Type: Shrub

New Jersey Native: Yes

Deer Resistance: Some

Attracts Pollinators and Wildlife: Bees and Other Pollinators, Butterflies, Birds

Salt Tolerance: Low to None

Hardiness Zone: 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b

Physiographic Region: All Regions in NJ

Soil Characteristics

Soil Type: Loam, Organic, Clay

Soil Moisture: Well-drained, Medium-drained, Wet

Soil pH: Slightly Acidic, Neutral, Slightly Alkaline

Light Needs of Plant

Optimal Light: Full Sun

Light Range: Full Sun, Partial Shade

Water Needs of Plant

Soil Moisture: Well-drained, Medium-drained, Wet

Drought Tolerance: Low

Size and Growth Rate

Height: 7 - 9 ft

Spread: 5 - 10 ft

Growth Rate: Fast