Red Twig Dogwood, Redosier Dogwood, Red Osier Dogwood 'Kelseyi'

Cornus sericea

Family: Cornaceae
Genus: Cornus (KOR-nus) (Info)
Species: sericea (ser-ee-KEE-uh) (Info)
Cultivar: Kelseyi
Additional cultivar information:(aka Kelsey's Dwarf)



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


24-36 in. (60-90 cm)


24-36 in. (60-90 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



Bloom Color:

White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Mid Spring

Late Spring/Early Summer


Grown for foliage


Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

5.1 to 5.5 (strongly acidic)

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:

Moberly, Missouri

Pickerington, Ohio

Newtown Square, Pennsylvania

Mountlake Terrace, Washington

Gardeners' Notes:


On Jul 20, 2015, Rickwebb from Downingtown, PA wrote:

I am not impressed with this dwarf cultivar. The ones I have seen in southeast PA look sort of haggard. It gets leaf spot disease rather easily. Maybe farther north it is better.


On Jul 30, 2002, darius from So.App.Mtns.
United States (Zone 5b) wrote:

I love this plant in the winter when the lovely red twigs stand out against the snow! The old branches are less red, so thin out the center branches every few years. Flowers are insignificant.

(I saw this var. on another site where it was listed as compact and rounded. However, this is the information on the nursery tag. Sorry if it is wrongly named.)