Red Osier Dogwood

(Cornus Sericea)
Zones: 3-8 (click for map)
Red Osier Dogwood in bloom
Red Osier Dogwood in bloom

The Dogwood is a thicket-forming shrub that quickly grows to 10 ft. high by 7 to 8 ft. wide. It has small, white flowers that are followed by small, white fruit. In the fall, its foliage turns from green to purple. In the winter, the stems are red, providing a nice contrast to the snow cover. This plant is rugged, tolerating most soil conditions except for droughty soils. With additional water, growth rates of 3 to 4 feet per year are possible. It will even grow in wet, swampy conditions and may thrive in sun or shade. The Dogwood is good cover for birds and wildlife. For a screen or windbreak, plant 2 to 3 feet apart.

Red Osier Dogwood showing red twigs early spring
Red Osier Dogwood showing red twigs early spring
Red Osier Dogwood in winter
Red Osier Dogwood in winter