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CORNUS sericea ssp. occidentalis
Western Redosier Dogwood
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Redosier dogwood is a multi-stemmed, large, deciduous shrub with upright branches and a spreading, suckering habit. This hardy North American native is grown for its colorful young stems of light to dark red that turn red-brown as they age. 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 burgundy red.
This shrub 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, redosier dogwood is ideal as an informal screen or for 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, but resistant varieties are available.
8 - 1
3 - 8
A1, A2, A3, 1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21
Full Sun, Partial Sun, Partial Shade
4'-10' / 1.2m - 3.0m
3'-15' / 0.9m - 4.6m
Late Spring, Early Summer
Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline
Clay, Loam, Sand
Wet Site, Pollution
Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
Green, Dark Green
Red, Dark Red, Sandy Brown
Feature Plant, Foundation, Hedges, Mixed Border, Screening / Wind Break
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