Red Osier Dogwood Shrub

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Red Osier Dogwood Shrub Description

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

 Red Osier dogwood shrub 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 to 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. 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 Shrub provides 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 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 for borders in groups and large masses. 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 attract birds, butterflies, and other pollinators, consuming its berries. 

So many species of this shrub possess striking resemblances and similarities 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 Shrub 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

Red osier dogwoods are available online at Tennessee wholesale nursery co.

Red Osier Dogwood Shrub 

When people think of dogwood, the shrub with the famous white petaled blossom often comes to mind. But there are other members of the dogwood family, and they offer alternatives in everything from flower type to shrub cover. The red osier (Cornu's series) is an attractive flowering dogwood shrub with a wide regional range. Among its many nicknames are "red willow," "red root," and "creek dogwood." Its growing range falls within the two to eight hardiness zone. It fares best in colder, wetter climates. Although this is not an evergreen shrub, it provides year-round color through its striking red bark. Frequent pruning will produce plenty of new growth, which is also bright red.


 In addition to its colorful appearance, red osier dogwood also pleases homeowners with its rapid growth after planting. When mature, the plant reaches a height and width of five to nine feet. Some mature shrubs reach a height and circumference of 10 feet. Its flowers are a spray of white or red and are less showy than the flowering dogwood. Its main cosmetic features are its branches, stems, and trunk. These woody areas take on a grayish hue if little or no pruning is done. Pruning for reasons of shrub health needs only be done once per year. 


 Red osier dogwood does well in acidic or alkaline soils. This moisture-loving shrub does not do well in arid soils or regions. This shrub is often found in or near wetland areas and will flourish in wet areas of a property. In addition to offering a planting alternative for these parts of a yard, this dogwood's most significant landscaping benefit is its ornamental potential. But as this shrub can be used as a form of erosion control, it has a more practical landscaping use. Planting these dogwoods three to four feet apart can create a dense root network to save vulnerable banks. This makes the red osier dogwood not just another pretty backyard addition but a useful one.

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