Landscape Plants of the Upper Midwest

Cardinal Redosier Dogwood

{Picture of Cardinal Redosier Dogwood}

Plant Information

  • Scientific Name: Cornus sericea 'Cardinal' Play audio of plant name
  • Family: Dogwood
  • Parent: Cornus sericea
  • Related Cultivars:

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

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

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

  • Notes:

    Despite its name, this cultivars winter twigs are light-coral in color, the color is typically only on the upper-half of the branches, and the stems lose their color early in spring. With the possible exception of the uniqueness of the stem color, it is not as striking in the winter landscape as other selections or seedling-grown plants of this species.

  • 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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