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CORNUS sericea 'Budd's Yellow'

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Family

Cornaceae

Botanical Name

CORNUS sericea 'Budd's Yellow'

Plant Common Name

Budd's Yellow Redosier Dogwood, Yellowtwig Dogwood

General Description

A selection of a shrubby, suckering dogwood native to eastern North America, ‘Budd’s Yellow’ is prized for the color of its stems, which brighten the garden when the plant is dormant over the winter. A deciduous shrub, it produces many stems from its base at ground level. Some grow upright, some lean, some trail on the ground and take root, starting a new shrub and producing a thicket in a few years. Some gardeners restrain and shape this dogwood by digging up the rooting stems and cutting back others. Other gardeners welcome the rooting stems and cut all of the stems, old and new, to the ground in winter to produce more young stems and more bright yellow color the following winter (this undoes bloom in spring, but at little cost because the flowers are small and nondescript). The parent species is called yellow osier dogwood because new stems grow long and unbranched, like those of the osier willows that are used in basket making.

Plant ‘Budd’s Yellow’ in almost any rich, moist to wet, well-drained soil and full sun to part shade. Use it for screening or hedges, a specimen in a mixed bed or border, or grouped for color in a large landscape. It is also good for stabilizing sloped areas.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    7 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    3 - 8

  • Sunset Zone

    A1, A2, A3, 1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21

  • Plant Type

    Shrub

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun, Partial Shade

  • Height

    6'-8' / 1.8m - 2.4m

  • Width

    5'-6' / 1.5m - 1.8m

  • Bloom Time

    Late Spring, Early Summer

  • Native To

    North America

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Average

  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam, Sand

  • Tolerances

    Wet Site, Pollution

  • Growth Rate

    Fast

  • Habit

    Thicket/Colonizing

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    White

  • Fruit Color

    White

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green, Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green, Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Red, Burgundy

  • Bark Color

    Yellow, Bronze

  • Fragrant Flowers

    Yes

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    Yes

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    Yes

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Glossy

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    Yes

Special Characteristics

  • Bark Texture

    Smooth

  • Usage

    Feature Plant, Foundation, Hedges, Mixed Border, Screening / Wind Break

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    Sometimes

  • Attracts

    Birds

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes