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Yellow Stem Dogwood, Yellow Twig Dogwood, Golden Twig Dogwood
Cornus sericea 'Flaviramea'

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

Category:

Shrubs

Height:

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

Spacing:

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

Hardiness:

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

Danger:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Foliage:

Deciduous

Other details:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

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

Regional

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

Aurora, Illinois

Wilton, Maine

Moberly, Missouri

Butler, New Jersey

Grove City, Ohio

Sellersville, Pennsylvania

West Chester, Pennsylvania

Park City, Utah

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Gardeners' Notes:

2
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0
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0
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Positive

On Jan 8, 2014, Rickwebb from Downingtown, PA wrote:

It is a handsome shrub with the smooth, yellow stems in late fall into early spring that turn greenish in summer. Nice foliage, though it often gets some leaf spot, and the twigs get some black canker. Yellow fall color of the foliage. It must be pruned just like the regular Redosier, where big stems are cut to the ground, as they turn gray, and any dead, crossing, or damaged stems removed entirely. Must not be topped or sheared! Not for dry soils and does not do well with strong drought. Forms some ground suckers in moist or draining wet soils. Best used in a shrub group or border.

Positive

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

I'd guess this is a love it/hate it plant - there's not much room to feel neutral about the rather shocking color of the branches.

I wouldn't plant them near most traditional housecolors, because the combination probably won't look good. But as a stand-alone plant, specially in winter when the leaves are off, it's a sight to behold.