Red Osier Dogwood


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Cornus sericea

Size/Zone: BR 12 – 24″

Sun: Full sun, can tolerate sun or some shade, or full shade

Soil Conditions: Moist soil along wetlands

Special Uses:  Supports pollinators, birds, hummingbirds, wildlife, forage, cover, food, bank stabilization

Attractive red stems with white flower clusters that develop into waxy white berries. Fast growing.

Habitat Notes: Found in wet to moist areas, along streambanks & swamps. Also, in forested areas.  Can tolerate winter flooding conditions. Persists in the same habitat as willow, but can survive drought better than willow.

ID Notes:  Very full, spreading shrub. Width equal to height. Red stems are very visible during winter when it loses it’s leaves. In summer it has fuzzy white flower clusters which develop into waxy white berries. Leaves are distinctly veined.


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Height at 20 yrs. 15 ft. Deer Browse Low
Mature Height  15 ft. Wildlife Value   Moderate
Growth Rate Moderate Timber Value   N/A
Lifespan Long Resprout Ability  Yes
Moisture Use Moderate Hardiness  Moderate-High
Drought Tolerance Low-Moderate  
Sun Tolerance Moderate  

USDA Plant Database

Wildflower Native Plant Database

Photo Credits: The Wild Garden,