Cornus sericea
syn. Cornus stolonifera

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DESCRIPTION
syn. Cornus stolonifera
Cornus sericea

An easy to grow shrub with 4-season interest. Fragrant, white flowers bloom in spring and early summer providing pollen and nectar for butterflies, honeybees and other beneficial insects. The blooms are followed by attractive white berries atop bright red stems. These nutritious berries are eaten by over 40 different birds and other small mammals. The leaves turn the color of cabernet before dropping to reveal the gorgeous red stems. They provide so much winter interest, especially when backed by a fresh coating of winter snow. They are great for holiday decorating indoors too. 

BENEFITS
Fragrant, white flowers attract butterflies and native bees
Nutritious berries are a great food source for songbirds
A favorite nesting place for American goldfinches
Waterfowl find food, shelter and nesting in the dense branches
Tolerates a wide range of conditions, including wet soils
Red branches are great for holiday decorating!
NATIVE INFO

Native Range

Found along river banks, lake shores, wooded or open, wet areas.

Interesting Facts

Other native shrubs with high-fat berries to support migrating birds:

  • Northern bayberry (Morella [Myrica] pensylvanica) 50.3 percent fat
  • Southern arrowwood (Viburnum dentatum) 41.3 percent fat
  • Gray dogwood (Cornus racemosa) 39.9 percent fat
  • Northern spicebush (Lindera benzoin) 33.2 percent fat
  • American burning bush (Euonymus atropurpurea) 31.2 percent fat
  • Virginia creeper (Parthenocissus quinquefolia) 23.6 percent fat

GROWING TIPS

Prefers moist, well-drained soil in full sun to part shade but is quite adaptable. In order to keep the deep red stem color, cut the shrub back every few years to 6-8” in early spring. Other than that your dogwood doesn’t require too much care.

Mature Size: 7-9ft. Wide x 7-9ft. Tall

Hardiness Zone: 2-7

Sun Exposure: Part Shade

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