Red Osier Dogwood Shrubs

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Red Osier Dogwood, Cornus Sericea is a Medium to Large Growing Flowering Deciduous Shrub


This scrub grows medium to large and is best grown in damp soil. It is a fast-growing upright shrub that can grow anywhere from 7 to 10 feet high and wide. Its height can increase to over 24 inches in one year. This attractive plant is best suited in a landscape that will show off its dark red or purplish-red stems. During the late spring and early summer, the red-osier grows yellowish-white flowers. In the late summer, it grows little white berries. The leaves of a red-osier are a medium-green color. They measure anywhere from 2 to 5 inches and are an oblong to orate shape.

The red-osier is found attractive to several species of birds (including wild turkey, woodpeckers, and catbird) and butterflies. Many birds are attracted to the berries of the red-osier and often use the plant as shelter. Other wildlife animals, such as deer, rabbits, and chipmunks, are attacked by its twigs and foliage. Red-Osiers are highly favored, not only because they are versatile but also because of their hardiness. Even though this plant prefers wet soils, it can also adapt to drier soils.


Red Osier Dogwood Fascines, Cornus Sericea is a Bird Attracting Berry Producing Shrub

 Although the scrubs are versatile, they do need at least four hours of full and direct sunlight. They will grow in the shade but much slower. Also, to keep them in their best shape and look attractive, you must prune them once every year. Red-osiers are not only beautiful for landscaping purposes but their stems are also commonly used for weaving baskets. Some Indian tribes also used these plants as a way to slow bleeding, cure colds, and as a substitute for tobacco.


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Cornus sericea is a floral plant belonging to the Cornaceae family native to North America. It thrives in regions with dense, poorly drained soils, including riparian zones and marshes, as well as highland locations with over 20 inches of precipitation per year. However, it prefers moist soil.

It is more rarely present in drier zones, though in lesser abundance. The red osier dogwood is resistant to flooding. It is recorded to withstand water above the root crown for almost seven years. You can find it from water level to 10,000 feet (3,000 meters), and it is most frequent, around 1,500 feet in many locations. The white flowers of this plant add gorgeous color to the surrounding in early spring.

It's a moderate to a large deciduous shrub that grows 1.5–4 meters high and 3–5 m broad, with underground stolons that spread quickly to produce dense thickets. Although, natural plants in gloomy locations may miss this coloration. All branches and limbs are dark crimsons. The leaflets are opposite, 5–12 cm in length and 2.5–6 cm in width, with a straight edge and an oval to oblong form. These are dark green from above and pale below. The fall color is typically vivid red to purple. The bright red color of the fall foliage combined with pretty winter stems makes it a sight worth seeing. They feature distinctive stretchy white pith-like leaf spots inside the leaf stalks used to identify them, as do all dogwoods.

The blooms are tiny (5–10 mm in size), plain, umbrella-like, and pale white, and they bloom in clusters about 3–6 cm long. Their fruit is globose white berries with a 5–9 mm diameter. The Latin particular epithet sericea refers to the smooth texture of the leaflets. Several mammals and birds use the red osier dogwood for nutrition and shelter; Moose, elks, bighorn sheep, mountain goats, otters, and rabbits eat the red stems, particularly fresh shoots. Whereas bears, smaller animals, and 47 distinct bird species eat the fruits during fall. 

The shrub is also helpful in providing nesting sites. They provide excellent cover for a wide range of animals. Cornus sericea tolerates shade but likes medium to high levels of light. It has a high tolerance for disturbance and occurs early in primary and secondary succession across its natural range, particularly in floodplains and riverbanks.

It grows well in burned-out areas, springing from seeds or damaged plants. People use this species throughout the United States and Canada to preserve and maintain canal banks. The inner bark of red-osier dogwood bark works as a dye for the Ojibwe, who blend it with more plants or elements. Basketry employs withies, sometimes known as osiers.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

Its root system retains soil well, it is hardy and appealing even when naked in the winter, and it can be propagated by cuttings, making twigged dogwood a low-cost option for large-scale plantings. It is famous among different cultures. Plateau Indigenous cultures use the berries to heal colds and decrease bleeding. You can get the best quality species from us. Visit us now for amazing deals and packages. Contact us!

 Best Time to Harvest: March-May

Light: Full sun

Water: Drought tolerance when established

Zone: 3-8

Height at Maturity: 7-9 feet

Sun Exposure: Partial shade in full sun

Ship as: Bareroot


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