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Cornus sericea ssp. sericea

Redosier dogwood, Red Osier Dogwood

Cornaceae (Dogwood Family)

Cornus sericea ssp. sericea (Redosier dogwood)
Alder, Michael G.
Large, spreading, thicket-forming shrub with several stems, clusters of small white flowers, and small whitish fruit; rarely a small tree. Height commonly 3-10 feet (0.9-3 m), rarely to 15 feet (4.6 m). Diameter: 3 (7.5 cm).Leaves are opposite.

Red Osier Dogwood is useful for erosion control on stream banks. The common name recalls the resemblance of the reddish twigs to those of some willows called osiers, used in basketry. Branch tips of this tree will root upon touching the ground.

The genus cornus is Latin for a horn.

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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Tree
Leaf: Green
Autumn Foliage: yes

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr , May


USA: 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: NB , NS , PE
Native Distribution: Central Alaska east to Labrador and Newfoundland, south to N. Virginia, and west to California; also N. Mexico; to 5000 (1524 m); to 9000 (2743 m) in the Southwest.
Native Habitat: Moist soils, especially along streams; forming thickets and in understory of forests.

Growing Conditions

Water Use: High
Light Requirement: Sun , Part Shade , Shade
CaCO3 Tolerance: None
Conditions Comments: Red branches attractive.


Conspicuous Flowers: yes
Attracts: Butterflies
Larval Host: Spring Azure butterfly.

Butterflies and Moths of North America (BAMONA)

Cornus sericea ssp. sericea is a larval host and/or nectar source for:
Spring Azure
(Celastrina ladon)

Larval Host
Learn more at BAMONA

Last Update: 2010-10-20