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Red-Twig Dogwood, Redosier Dogwood, Red Osier Dogwood 'Cardinal'

Cornus sericea

Family: Cornaceae
Genus: Cornus (KOR-nus) (Info)
Species: sericea (ser-ee-KEE-uh) (Info)
Cultivar: Cardinal



Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)


36-48 in. (90-120 cm)


USDA Zone 2a: to -45.5 C (-50 F)

USDA Zone 2b: to -42.7 C (-45 F)

USDA Zone 3a: to -39.9 C (-40 F)

USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 C (-35 F)

USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)

USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)

USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)

USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade


Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer



Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

By dividing the rootball

From softwood cuttings

From hardwood cuttings

By simple layering

By stooling or mound layering

Seed Collecting:

N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Des Moines, Iowa

Fort Thomas, Kentucky

Jamestown, Kentucky

Brighton, Michigan

Rochester, New York

Columbus, Ohio

Sinnamahoning, Pennsylvania

Logan, Utah

Chesterfield, Virginia

Linden, Virginia

Bellingham, Washington

East Port Orchard, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:


On May 4, 2015, CharlysGardenPl from Ferndale, WA (Zone 8a) wrote:

Can grow 10-12 feet and get scraggly if not cared for (if you like the tidy look...).


On Aug 31, 2002, Terry from Murfreesboro, TN (Zone 7a) wrote:

An underused shrub in my personal opinion. It has a lot going for it: beautiful foliage in the winter, nice flowers in the spring, and fairly low maintenance. Its form isn't particularly graceful, but when mixed with other plants, it can still fit quite nicely into many planting schemes. After flowering, prune out some of the older growth to stimulate new (and more intensely colored) growth each year.