Cornus sericea - syn. Cornus stolonifera
DESCRIPTIONsyn. Cornus stolonifera
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.
- 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!
Found along river banks, lake shores, wooded or open, wet areas.
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
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.