Red osier dogwood

Cornus stolonifera

Cornus stolonifera Arctic Fire™
Photo/Illustration: 
Courtesy of Spring Meadow Nursery
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Red osier dogwood (Cornus stolonifera)
KOR-nus sto-lon-IF-er-ah
Synonyms:  C. sericea
Genus:  Cornus
Red osier dogwood is a deciduous shrub with a rounded, spreading form. Opposite leaves with rounded bases are ovate to lance-shaped and dark green, turning a dull red, purple-red, or orange in autumn. Clusters of white flowers appear in late May to early June, followed by white to pale blue fruit. Green stems turn reddish or purple-red from late summer into early fall, becoming brighter in winter.
Noteworthy Characteristics:  Native from Newfoundland to Manitoba, south to the central U.S.  May be hardy to Zone 2. Use as a screen, in a shrub border, or in mass plantings.
Care:  Easy to grow, it prefers moist soil but adapts to a range of soils and locations. Tolerates wet soils. Removing older stems produces vigorous new shoots with vivid coloration.
Propagation:  Spreads by suckering.
Problems:  Dogwood blight, powdery mildew, Discula blight, canker, bacterial leaf spot, and mushroom root rot. Common: twig borers, weevils, sawfly, scale insects, aphids, leafhoppers, root knot nematodes, and thrips.

Overview

Height
3 ft. to 6 ft.
Spread
10 ft. to 15 ft.
Growth Habit
Runs
Growth Pace
Fast Grower
Light
Full Sun to Part Shade
Moisture
Adaptable
Maintenance
Moderate
Characteristics
Interesting Bark,
Native
Bloom Time
Early Summer,
Summer
Flower Color
White Flower
Uses
Beds and Borders,
Screening,
Waterside
Seasonal Interest
Spring Interest
Type
Shrubs

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