Red Osier Dogwood Shrub

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Red Osier Dogwood - Cornus sericea - is notable for its bright red branches that provide elegance and an attractive look to your landscape.

 It is a medium to large shrub native to North America. You may find it growing in damp, boggy areas, riparian areas, or wetland margins. You may refer to it as Red Brush, Red Willow, Redstem Dogwood, Redtwig Dogwood, Red-rood, American Dogwood, Creek Dogwood, or Western Dogwood. 

It is a deciduous, multi-stemmed shrub with opposite deep green leaves, ovate to lance-shaped. In the fall, the leaves turn into the shade of dull red, purplish-red, or orange. It has four-petaled creamy-white flower clusters that occur in early summer. It has small, round-shaped clusters of pea-sized white to light blue berries that last into the fall. From late summer to early autumn, its green stems become reddish or purple-red, with horizontal branching providing interest in winter. Its attractive red bark is not entirely apparent until the leaves have fallen off.

It has a fast growth rate with a rounded, spreading form. It may grow up to a height of about 6 to 9 feet and spread up to 8 to 12 feet. This shrub may withstand partial shade, but its distinctive red bark will shine bright in full sun. You may grow it in various soil types, including wet and clay soil. It prefers well-drained and constantly moist soil. It is drought tolerant and may thrive in organically rich and acidic soil. Its dried bark is often used for medicinal purposes to treat coughs, colds, fevers, and diarrhea.

Red Osier Dogwood provide elegance and an attractive look to your landscape.

The young stem produces the most vibrant color, so you may have to prune the plant's old, dead, or discolored branches in the spring to encourage new growth. You may have to cut the shrub down to the ground if it is overgrown.

In terms of landscaping, it is a very adaptable shrub. You may use them as an accent, specimen, or essential plant and in groups and large masses for borders. You may use them to form a hedge or thicket and provide screening or security. In addition, the fibrous root structure provides reasonable erosion control for banks and slopes. This plant offers deep shelter for wildlife. Its flowers are attractive to birds, butterflies, and other pollinators, and they consume its berries. 

There are so many species of this shrub that possess striking resemblance and similarity in their appearance and common names. People often mistake it for C. amomum, which has red bark and is similar to this shrub, making it difficult to distinguish between the two. However, C. amomum has blue fruits and brown pith. Other species include Cardinal, Alleman's Compact, Firedance, Isanti, and Kelseyi.

Red Osier Dogwood is a species of flowering plant that belongs to the Cornaceae family (Dogwood).

Zone: 3 to 8

Sun Exposure: Full sun to partial shade

Height at maturity: Up to 6 to 9 inches tall and spreads around 8 to 12 inches

Best time to Harvest: Spring

Water requirements: Average

Ship as: Bare root

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