Cornus sericea ssp. sericea
Cornus sericea L. ssp. sericea
Redosier dogwood, Red Osier Dogwood
Cornaceae (Dogwood Family)
Synonym(s): Cornus alba, Cornus alba ssp. stolonifera, Cornus alba var. baileyi, Cornus alba var. interior, Cornus alba var. sibirica, Cornus baileyi, Cornus instolonea, Cornus interior, Cornus sericea ssp. stolonifera, Cornus sericea var. interior, Cornus stolonifera, Cornus stolonifera var. baileyi, Cornus stolonifera var. coloradensis, Cornus stolonifera var. interior, Cornus stolonifera var. stolonifera, Swida instolonea, Swida sericea, Swida stolonifera
USDA Symbol: COSES
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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Bloom InformationBloom Color: White
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr , May
DistributionUSA: AK , AZ , CA , CO , CT , DE , IA , ID , IL , IN , KY , MA , MD , ME , MI , MN , MT , ND , NE , NH , NJ , NM , NV , NY , OH , OR , PA , RI , SD , UT , VA , VT , WA , WI , WV , 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 ConditionsWater Use: High
Light Requirement: Sun , Part Shade , Shade
CaCO3 Tolerance: None
Conditions Comments: Red branches attractive.
BenefitConspicuous Flowers: yes
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 |
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From the National Organizations DirectoryAccording to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:
Native Plant Center at Westchester Community College, The - Valhalla, NY
Santa Barbara Botanic Garden - Santa Barbara, CA
BibliographyBibref 946 - Gardening with Prairie Plants: How to Create Beautiful Native Landscapes (2002) Wasowski, Sally
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From the ArchiveWildflower Newsletter 1989 VOL. 6, NO.1 - Native Plants Facts, Winter Botany, Poster for Schoolchildren, Inside Herbaria
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Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Cornus sericea ssp. sericea in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Cornus sericea ssp. sericea in the Flora of North America (if available)
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MetadataRecord Modified: 2010-10-20
Research By: TWC Staff