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Cornus sericea ‘Flaviramea’ (Yellow Twig Dogwood)

Flaviramea’ is a yellow-twig dogwood cultivar. It is a compact shrub which grows to a maximum size of 5-6 feet tall by 5-6 feet wide with a spreading, stoloniferous habit. The outstanding ornamental feature of this plant is its bright yellow winter stems. This plant brightens up a winter landscape with its yellow branches. With its clusters of white flowers, and creamy white fruit, Yellow Twig (Flaviramea) 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 Yellow 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.

The winter landscape is incomplete without the presence of Yellow Twig-Dogwoods. Their stately, yet elegant stems, vibrant color and imposing form in the garden is remarkable. What’s more impressive is their adaptability and ease of growth. They are tolerant of most soils, are drought tolerant once established and the ability to recover from almost being mowed down to the ground each spring and produce brightly colored stems the following winter is extraordinary. From a plant production point of view, they root easily from natural layers (when stems come into contact with the soil and begin forming roots) and a ecological restoration technique called ‘live-staking’, where sections of mature stems are simply plunged into a container or directly into the ground and root. These cut stems are also prized by florist and the slimmest stems are used for basket-weaving.

If you’re looking to attract Birds and Wildlife to your landscape, look no further than DeGroot’s 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!

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Plant Details +

Size 12"-18"
Height 5-6'
Spacing 5-6'
Hardiness Zones 3-8
Exposure Full Sun - Partial Sun
Foliage Medium Green
Flower White flowers
Bloomtime May-June

General Information +

Botanical: Cornus sericea 'Flaviramea'

Common: Yellow Twig Dogwood

Family: Cornaceae

General Characteristics: Best grown in organically rich, medium to wet soils in full sun to part shade. Tolerant of a wide range of soils, including swampy or boggy conditions. Trim roots with a spade and promptly remove root suckers if colonial spread is undesired. Best yellow stem color occurs on young stems. Although pruning is not required, many gardeners choose to remove 20-25% of the oldest stems in early spring of each year to stimulate growth of new stems which will display the best yellow color. As an alternative to annual pruning, some gardeners prune all stems close to the ground in early spring every 2-3 years to renew. Any loss of flowers through spring pruning is not terribly significant since the small flowers of this dogwood are rather ordinary.

Garden Use: Effective in naturalistic plantings in moist soils where plants are allowed to spread and form thickets. Also effective as property line screens. Plants perform very well in wet locations along streams or ponds where spreading roots help combat soil erosion. Also effective in shrub borders where plants can be combined with red-twig dogwoods for an interesting bicolor winter stem display. 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 bright yellow. 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/Care Instructions +

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

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.