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CORNUS sericea f. baileyi

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Gerald L. Klingaman

Family

Cornaceae

Botanical Name

CORNUS sericea f. baileyi

Plant Common Name

Bailey's Redosier Dogwood

General Description

Widely planted for its fine, bright red winter stem color, Bailey's redosier dogwood is a large, multi-stemmed shrub that originates from regions throughout North America. In late spring to early summer it produces many flatted clusters of white flowers followed by small, white, oval fruits that are attractive to birds. In fall, its medium green leaves turn rich burgundy red.

Redosier dogwood grows best in sites with full sun to partial shade and fertile, average to poorly drained soil. It suckers readily and should be hard pruned each year, while dormant, to keep colorful new branches coming and to maintain a manageable size.

Cold tolerant and tough, it is ideal as an informal screen or naturalistic gardens. There are many smaller cultivars with tidier habits, which may be suited to more formal plantings. Really showy selections look super planted in masses, especially with gold and red winterberries.

This dogwood suffers from fungal leaf spots and cankers.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    8 - 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

    4'-10' / 1.2m - 3.0m

  • Width

    3'-15' / 0.9m - 4.6m

  • 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

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water, Ample Water

  • 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, Purple, Burgundy

  • Bark Color

    Red, Dark Red, Sandy Brown

  • 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

    Matte

  • 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