A medium to large shrub, native to northern and western parts of North America, which spreads to form large thickets recognisable by their bright red stems in winter. Used in native planting schemes, the shrub is particularly attractive when viewed against a snowy backdrop. The twigs are valued for use in greenery and floral arrangements.
Botanical Name: Cornus sericea
Common Name: Red Osier Dogwood
Plant Type: Deciduous shrub
Form: Rounded and spreading. Multi-stemmed.
Growth Rate: Fast growing
Size: Can reach 12’ tall and as wide
Soil Type: Best grown in moist, well-drained soils in full sun. Will also tolerate drought.
Exposure: Full sun to part shade
Foliage Colour: Medium to dark green turning purple-red in fall
Bloom Time: Small white flowers from in late May to early June
Additional Attributes: A great choice for a native shrub when space allows.