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Cornus sericea (Redosier dogwood)
Wasowski, Sally and Andy

Cornus sericea

Cornus sericea L.

Redosier dogwood, Redosier, Red-twig dogwood, Red-osier dogwood

Cornaceae (Dogwood Family)

Synonym(s):

USDA Symbol: cose16

USDA Native Status: L48 (N), AK (N), CAN (N), SPM (N)

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.

 

Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Shrub
Autumn Foliage: yes
Flower:
Fruit: Green
Size Class: 6-12 ft.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White
Bloom Time: May , Jun

Distribution

USA: 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: AB , BC , MB , NB , NS , PE , QC , 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

Growing Conditions

Light 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.

Benefit

Use 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

Propagation

Description: Propagate by seed or cuttings. Hardwood cuttings do not require treatment. Collected sprouts are easily established.
Seed Collection: Seeds can be stored or sown without extracting them from the fruit.
Seed Treatment: Stratify seeds for 60-90 days at 41 degrees.
Commercially Avail: yes

Butterflies and Moths of North America (BAMONA)

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

Larval Host
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Find Seed or Plants

Find seed sources for this species at the Native Seed Network.

View propagation protocol from Native Plants Network.

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From the National Suppliers Directory

According to the inventory provided by Associate Suppliers, this plant is available at the following locations:

Edge of the Woods Native Plant Nursery - Orefield, PA
American Native Nursery - Quakertown, PA

From the National Organizations Directory

According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is either on display or available from the following:

Delaware Nature Society - Hockessin, DE
United States Botanic Garden - Washington, DC
Native Seed Network - Corvallis, OR
Mt. Cuba Center - Hockessin, DE

Bibliography

Bibref 1186 - Field Guide to Moths of Eastern North America (2005) Covell, C.V., Jr.
Bibref 1185 - Field Guide to Western Butterflies (Peterson Field Guides) (1999) Opler, P.A. and A.B. Wright
Bibref 946 - Gardening with Prairie Plants: How to Create Beautiful Native Landscapes (2002) Wasowski, Sally
Bibref 841 - Native Alternatives to Invasive Plants (2006) Burrell, C. C.

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Additional resources

USDA: Find Cornus sericea in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Cornus sericea in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Cornus sericea

Metadata

Record Last Modified: 2011-09-23
Research By: TWC Staff

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