Red Osier Dogwood
The Red Osier Dogwood is an excellent native shrub for mass plantings along highways, parks, and golf courses. It is especially beloved for its intense red stem color that shows most vividly when framed against snow. In the spring, dense, flat-topped groups of dull-white blossoms are followed by clusters of pea-sized white berries. Autumn foliage is a colorfully, consistent purple-red. The shrub has a rich history of use by various indigenous peoples. Most notably, the shrub was used as a tobacco substitute/additive. Planting instruction can be found at boydnursery.net/planting/.
|Diseases & Insects|| |
There is a twig blight (canker) which can wreak havoc on this species; scale and bagworms can also become problems
Flowers are dull white, borne in 1 1/2 to 2 1/2" diameter flat-topped cymes in late May to early June, flowers are adequate but not overwhelming; flowering sporadically through summer; fruit is drupe, white, globose; stone as broad as high or slightly broader, rounded at base
|Hardiness Range|| |
zone 2a – 7b *need help finding your hardiness zone?
Leaves are opposite, simple, ovate to oblong-lanceolate, 2 to 5" long, 1 to 2 1/2" wide, acuminate, rounded at base, medium to dark green above, glaucous eneath, with about five pairs of veins; petiole 1/2 to 1" long; medium to dark green in summer; purplish to reddish in the fall; fall color is variable but can be an excellent reddish purple
|Plant Synonyms|| |
Cornus stolonifera, Swida sericea
7-9 feet tall at maturity with 10-15 foot spread