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Cornus sericea (Red Twig or Redosier Dogwood)
Item CO100

This plant brightens up a winter landscape with its reddish purple branches. With its clusters of white flowers, and creamy white fruit, Red Twig (Redosier) Dogwood is one of the more photogenic conservation plants. It was selected not for its ornamental qualities, but for its ability to form roots along its branches where they touch the ground. This characteristic makes Red Twig Dogwood an excellent choice for planting on stream-banks and slopes to control erosion. Thickets created by the shrub's rooting stems provide wildlife cover, and its fruits are eaten by a variety of birds. It is also appropriate for use in windbreaks, shrub borders, and landscape plantings.

If you're looking to attract Birds and Wildlife to your landscape, look no further than this DeGroot plant group. The characteristics that make these species so visually appealing showy flowers, stunning fruit, winter color are some of Nature's most powerful draws for the animal kingdom.

Turn your yard into a naturally balanced eco-system! Whether you choose one variety or one of each, you're sure to enjoy these plants for a lifetime. They provide food, shelter and nesting. Plant your backyard sanctuary today!



Size: 12"-18" Exposure: Full Sun - Partial Sun

Common: 'Red Twig (Redosier) Dogwood' Height: 7-9'

Botanical: Cornus sericea Spacing: 3-4'

Family: Cornaceae Hardiness: Zones 2-10

Bloomtime: May Foliage: Medium Green

Flower: White and yellow flowers

Pests: No severe pest problems. Some individual plants are prone to leaf spot diseases.

Notes: Red-twig (Redosier) Dogwood is a large, fast growing, many stemmed shrub that is native throughout the upper midwest. It has 2-3" clusters of white flowers in late spring. Fruit are small white berries that mature in summer. They are readily eaten by birds as they ripen. The plants are extremely attractive in winter when their stems turn red. Red-twig Dogwood develops attractive fall foliage coloration ranging from yellow-orange to red-purple. Often grows in wet, marshy areas in the wild. Renewal pruning to remove older branches to induce development of younger branches gives the best stem color in winter.

Planting instructions: Widely adaptable to soil type and soil moisture. The plant grows on soils that are moist and moderately fertile, and it is somewhat shade tolerate. Dig a hole large enough to encompass the roots without bending or circling. Set the plant in place so the crown (part of the plant where the root meets the stem) is about 1-2 inches below the soil surface. Cover with soil to the original soil surface and water thoroughly.

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