Cornus sericea 'Cardinal' - Cardinal Red-Osier Dogwood
Cardinal Red-Osier Dogwood
Cornus sericea 'Cardinal'
'Cardinal' is a multi-stemmed shrub with cherry red winter stems that are especially showy against a snowy backdrop. Tiny white flowers appear in late spring, giving way to clusters of creamy white fruit that is very attractive to birds. Dark green leaves turn an attractive red-purple in autumn.
- Bright red stems in winter; very winter hardy
- Host plant for Spring Azure butterfly
- Nutritious berries for a wide range of birds
- Provides good nesting sites and cover for birds
- Tolerant of a wide range of conditions
Swamps, stream banks, and thickets; Newfoundland to Alaska in the western mountains to northern Mexico and in the East to Illinois and Pennsylvania.
Map Credit: The Biota of North America
Map Key: Green (native), Teal (native, adventive), Blue (present), Yellow (present & rare), Red (extinct)
Cardinal Red-Osier Dogwood offers gardeners a variety of potential planting options such as rain gardens, creating a hedge for privacy, or even using as a specimen to provide beautiful fall and winter interest.
Grows well in average to wet soil.