Cornus stolonifera ‘American Dogwood’

American Dogwood
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Plant Type

Shrub

Evergreen-Deciduous

Deciduous

Overall Mature Size

Large

Mature Height & Spread

12′ x 12′

Exposure

Full Sun, partial Shade

Water

Medium Water

Flower Color

White

Bloom Time

Spring

Special Features

Attractive Bark, Attracts Birds, Shade Tolerant

Container Sizes

#1, #5

Natural Growth Habit

Open

Sunset Garden Zones

1-9, 14-21

Minimum USDA Hardiness Zone

3-8

Cornus stolonifera sometimes known “American Dogwood” is an elegant shrub with an open growth habit. Cornus stolonifera has creamy white flower clusters on red stems in spring. C. stolonifera can usually be found in moist areas growing in either sun or shade. The Red Stem Dogwood has green foliage and is deciduous in winter exposing its attractive red bark. This dogwood is lovely in the spring when the plant is covered with clusters of flowers. It is perfect when planted adjacent to a green lawn as the backdrop. Along a streambed this dogwood grows as a shrub up to 12 feet high and wide. The fruit of this dogwood attracts many birds.

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