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Red twig dogwood

Cornus sericea

Red twig dogwood is a plant which belongs to the Cornus genus.

Known to attract bluebirds.2

Used to be known under the name C. stolonifera.34

Yellow twig or Golden dogwoods are a variation of this species, sometimes sold under the cultivar Flaviramea.4

Red twig dogwood grows as a perennial and is an ornamental. Being a perennial plant, it tends to grow best over several years (approx 3 years and greater). Red twig dogwood is known for growing to a height of approximately 7.80 feet (that's 2.40 metres in metric) with a bush-like habit. This plant tends to bloom in mid summer. Try planting Red twig dogwood if you'd like to attract butterflies and birds to your garden. Consider Baileyi, Arctic Fire, Hedgerows Gold, Red-osier dogwood and Kelseyi to grow as they are very popular with home gardeners.

United States is believed to be where Red twig dogwood originates from.

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How to grow Red twig dogwood

  • Partial Sun

  • High

This is a tree suitable to bogs and water gardens. Needs constant moisture.

It may also be invasive in some areas.
You can cut the dogwood completely to the ground in spring and within a year or two it will be back

Plant in a location that enjoys partial sun and remember to water often. Zone 4 to 8 are typically the USDA Hardiness Zones that are appropriate for this plant (although this can vary based on your microclimate). Ensure your soil has a ph of between 5.5 and 7.0 as Red twig dogwood is a weakly acidic soil - neutral soil loving plant. Keep in mind when planting that Red twig dogwood is thought of as hardy, so this plant will survive close to or on freezing temperatures.

See our list of companion Plants for Red twig dogwood to see which plants you should plant in close proximity to encourage growth.

Growing Red twig dogwood from seed

Transplanting Red twig dogwood

Ensure that temperatures are mild and all chance of frost has passed before planting out, as Red twig dogwood is a hardy plant.

Common Red twig dogwood problems

These problems, diseases and pests are known to affect Red twig dogwood plants:

Red twig dogwood Etymology

Cornus, from the Latin, cornu, “horn or antler”.
Sericea, from the Greek, serikos (serikos), “of silk”.
The old species name, stolonifera, refers to how it can spread underground by stolons.
Many of the common names come from the brightly colored twigs and branches.

Red twig dogwood Folklore & Trivia

Long slim stems were used by Native Americans for basket weaving and are still used by present-day crafters.1
Native Americans and early settlers smoked the inner bark, stem scrapings, and leaves, which have a slightly narcotic effect.1
Native Americans also used an extract as an emetic for treating fevers and coughs and obtained dyes from the bark and roots.1

Other names for Red twig dogwood

Red osier dogwood, Red-rood, Red rood, American dogwood, Western dogwood, Red Twig Dogwood, Redstem Dogwood, Red Dogwood, Kinnikinnik, Squawbush, Creek Dogwood, California Dogwood, Red-stemmed Cornel, Redbrush, Gutter Tree, Red Willow, harts rouges, Poison Dogwood, Shoemack, Waxberry Cornel, Dogberry Tree, yellow dogwood, Golden dogwood, , Yellow twig dogwood

Cornus stolonifera, Swida sericea, Cornus alba var. occidentalis, Cornus occidentalis, Cornus alba var. baileyi, Cornus alba var. californica, Cornus alba var. interior, Cornus alba var. coloradense, Cornus baileyi, Cornus instolonea, Cornus interior, Cor

Misspellings: Redosier Dogwood, Redtwig dogwood,

Latest Red twig dogwood Reviews

  • 12 Nov 2013

    CDfolia CDfolia's Cornus sericea 'Hedgerows Gold' - dogwood was Reviewed day 1674

    Fabulous Autumn colour this year. The lime green/yellow leaves were abundant during our unusually hot Summer. Several turned soft pink in Early September. Luckily it stayed that way for a month before a long and gradual change with lots of colours right t

    5 stars

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