Cornus sericea

Redtwig Dogwood
Plant Type




Overall Mature Size


Mature Height & Spread

6-9′ x 4-7′


Full Sun, partial Shade


High, Medium Water

Flower Color


Bloom Time


Special Features

Attractive Bark, Attracts Birds, Butterflies, Fall Color, Hedge, Shade Tolerant

Container Sizes

#1, #5

Natural Growth Habit


Sunset Garden Zones

A1-A3, 1-9, 14-21

Minimum USDA Hardiness Zone


Cornus sericea (Redtwig Dogwood) is a rapid-growing multi-stemmed deciduous shrub which grows to a maximum size of 6-9′ tall with a loose rounded spreading habit. The ornamental feature of this plant is bright red winter stems. Tiny white flowers appear in clusters in late spring and sometimes continuing into summer. The fruit is attractive to birds and have almost as much ornamental interest as the flowers. The dark green leaves turn an attractive reddish purple in autumn.Cornus sericea is effective in naturalistic plantings in moist soils where plants are allowed to spread and form thickets. It’s also effective as a property line screen. It is also effective in shrub borders where plants can be combined with yellowtwig dogwoods for an interesting bicolor stem display. Although pruning is not usually required it’s possible to remove 20-25% of the oldest stems in early spring of each year to stimulate growth of new stems which will display the best red color.

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