Wasowski, Sally and Andy
Cornus sericea L.
Redosier dogwood, Redosier, Red-twig dogwood, Red-osier dogwood
Cornaceae (Dogwood Family)
Redosier or red-twig dogwood is a loose, spreading, multi-stemmed shrub,
6-12 ft. tall, with conspicuous red twigs. Dense, flat-topped clusters of creamy-white blossoms are followed by umbrella-shaped clusters of pea-sized white berries. Autumn foliage is colorful. Redosier is deciduous.
Very conspicuous red branches in winter.
The genus Cornus is Latin for a horn.
Image Gallery: 7 photo(s) available
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Shrub Autumn Foliage:
Green Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: White
Bloom Time: May , Jun
AK , AZ , CA , CO , CT , DE , ID , IL , IN , IA , KY , ME , MD , MA , MI , MN , MT , NE , NV , NH , NJ , NM , NY , ND , OH , OR , PA , RI , SD , UT , VT , VA , WA , WV , WI , WY Canada: AB
, SK Native Distribution:
Nf. to AK, s. to VA, NE, NM mts. & n. CA Native Habitat:
River banks; lake shores; wooded or open, wet areas USDA Native Status: L48(N), AK(N), CAN(N),
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement:
Part Shade Soil Moisture:
Moist Soil pH:
Circumneutral (pH 6.8-7.2) Soil Description:
Moist, well-drained soils. Conditions Comments:
This dogwood is adaptable to a wide range of soil and climatic conditions but is plagued by twig
blight, scale and bagworms. Red twigs are especially effective in winter against the snow. Cornus occidentalis occurs throughout cismontane CA to B.C. in the same habitats as C. sericea.
BenefitUse Wildlife: Waterfowl, marshbirds and shorebirds are major users. Also large and small mammals.Deer browse on dogwood year-round.
Conspicuous Flowers: yes
Fragrant Flowers: yes
Attracts: Birds , Butterflies
Larval Host: Spring Azure
Butterflies and Moths of North America (BAMONA)
is a larval host and/or nectar source for: