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CORNUS sericea 'Variegata'

Image of Cornus sericea 'Variegata'

Family

Cornaceae

Botanical Name

CORNUS sericea 'Variegata'

Plant Common Name

Redosier Dogwood, Variegated Dogwood

General Description

This selection of a dogwood native to eastern North America, ‘Variegata’ has the vivid red stems of its parent and adds dark-green leaves that are edged by broad white margins. An upright, deciduous shrub, it produces many stems from its base at ground level, making a thicket shaped as a leafy mound. It spreads by stems that root where they touch the ground and by stems that arise from the roots. One plant some becomes a colony. Some gardeners restrain and shape this dogwood by digging up the rooting stems and suckers. Other gardeners welcome the rooting stems and suckers and cut all of them, 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—however, it deprives birds of the fruits.). The parent species is called red osier dogwood because new stems grow long and unbranched, like those of the osier willows that are used in basket making.

Plant ‘Variegata’ in almost any rich, moist to wet, well-drained soil and full sun to part shade. Use it for a specimen in a mixed bed or border, or grouped as a drift at the back of a bed or border.

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

    5'-8' / 1.5m - 2.4m

  • Width

    6'-8' / 1.8m - 2.4m

  • Bloom Time

    Late Spring, Early Summer

  • Native To

    North America, Northeastern United States

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)

    White, Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Spring) Modifier

    Variegated

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    White, Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer) Modifier

    Variegated

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Red, 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