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PlantFiles: Red Twig Dogwood, Redosier Dogwood, Red Osier Dogwood
Cornus sericea

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

Synonym:Cornus sericea subsp. sericea

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6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

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:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer


Other details:
May be a noxious weed or invasive
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)
7.9 to 8.5 (alkaline)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
By dividing the rootball
From softwood cuttings
By grafting
By budding

Seed Collecting:
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds
Remove fleshy coating on seeds before storing

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6 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

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

Good-looking shrub noted for its smooth red stems during the cold half of the year. It gets good reddish fall color, bears white flattish flower clusters in late May-early June that are nice, that later bear white berries loved by birds. Fast growing and best in full sun so that leaf spot disease and black twig canker are not bad. Dislikes dry soils and strong drought, but grows in moist or draining wet soils in swamps. Commonly sold and planted and known by a good number of the general public. The straight species does ground sucker some. The bailey variety does not sucker much, if at all and may have some bluish in the berries and a little hair on the stems. The similar Siberian Redtwig Dogwood has smaller leaves to 4" long, not to 5" long, and does not sucker.

Positive suewylan On Jul 28, 2010, suewylan from North Fork, CA (Zone 7b) wrote:

Is recovering from the shock of being planted on a clay bank. Benefits from coppicing to create a bushier look

Positive Ficurinia On Dec 7, 2008, Ficurinia from Portland, OR wrote:

Great plant for a rain garden in the city. The branches cannot be beaten during the winter gloom as well. Besides, they make a great holiday bouquet.

Positive Malus2006 On Feb 17, 2008, Malus2006 from Coon Rapids, MN (Zone 4a) wrote:

This species is a common native of the United States - during winter I have seen its red twigs mainly around ponds or swamps. It will also grow in woodland shade but it will have less flowers and dullen winter colors. It is also found in Northern Minnesota so it is truely zone 3 hardy. A Asian species is more often used in landscapes, Tatarian Dogwood but more often for its variegated leaves cultivar than twigs. There are also some cultivars of Red Dogwood that have barks dark red mixed with blue it is almost maroon and others have yellow bark so a winter planting of red and yellow looks wonderful. There are many different shades of red offered. A willow species that have started to be planted more often in recent years can be confused with Red Twig Dogwood but generally are more upright and larger in size.

Positive AnalogDog On Nov 3, 2007, AnalogDog from Mountlake Terrace, WA (Zone 8a) wrote:

This plant is native to the Pacific Northwest, and is commonly found in natural areas and planted landscapes.

Neutral raisedbedbob On Jan 30, 2006, raisedbedbob from Walkerton, VA (Zone 7a) wrote:

I've seen this plant used to stabilize steep hillsides to prevent erosion. It appears to be quite effective as well as attractive.

Positive Gabrielle On Jan 25, 2006, Gabrielle from (Zone 5a) wrote:

I have not had my Red Twig Dogwood long enough for it to bloom, but even if it never did, the red stems in winter are showy enough! My information says that it is hardy in zones 3-8 and that it should be pruned in spring.


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

Flagstaff, Arizona
Boulder Creek, California
Knights Landing, California
North Fork, California
Pioneer, California
San Francisco, California
Grand Junction, Colorado
Peyton, Colorado
Glen Ellyn, Illinois
Mokena, Illinois
Topeka, Illinois
Waterloo, Iowa
Olathe, Kansas
Shawnee Mission, Kansas
Bucksport, Maine
Parkton, Maryland
Valley Lee, Maryland
West Roxbury, Massachusetts
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Lincoln, Nebraska
Sutherland, Nebraska
Santa Fe, New Mexico
Dunkirk, New York
Rochester, New York
Asheville, North Carolina
Elizabeth City, North Carolina
Harrisburg, North Carolina
Belfield, North Dakota
Mohall, North Dakota
Cincinnati, Ohio
Portland, Oregon
Emmaus, Pennsylvania
Newtown Square, Pennsylvania
Norristown, Pennsylvania
Huron, South Dakota
Knoxville, Tennessee
Smyrna, Tennessee
Wytheville, Virginia
Cascade Valley, Washington
Snohomish, Washington
Falling Waters, West Virginia

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