Landscape Plants of the Upper Midwest

Redosier Dogwood

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Plant Information

  • Plant Type: Shrub: Large
  • Scientific Name: Cornus sericea Play audio of plant name
  • Family: Dogwood
  • Related Cultivars:

    Cornus sericea 'Cardinal'
    Cornus sericea f. baileyi (also listed as C. baileyi)
    Cornus sericea 'Flaviramea'
    Cornus sericea 'Isanti'

  • Zone: 3
  • Plant Size: 8-10'
  • Bloom Time: Summer
  • Habit: Rounded
  • Culture:

    Requires a soil with adequate moisture, otherwise adaptable. Tolerates wet sites. Full sun to partial shade.

  • Notes:

    Small white flowers in early June and white fruit in summer. Its forte are bright red winter stems which add life to the dormant landscape. Is excellent in mass plantings where its stem color becomes amplified. Cut stems make nice accents in winter arrangements.

  • Pruning:Pruning animation

    Renewal pruning is accomplished by removing the largest, oldest stems (generally 1/4 to 1/3 of the total stems) as close to the ground as possible. This will stimulate new shoots to develop below the cuts which will fill in the plant creating a more dense and pleasing habit.

    Renewal pruning should be done when the plant is dormant, late fall to early spring.

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Landscape Plants of the Upper Midwest

Bill Hoch, Associate Professor
Montana State University

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