Cornus sericea

Common name: Red-twig Dogwood

Native plant

This dogwood produces white flowers during the end of May or the first part of June. The fruit is white and contrasts nicely with the green foliage. The fall color is maroon for the leaves, but the real color is in the red stems. The stems tend to be the brightest red during the first 3 or 4 years. The best way to maintain the red stems is to cut them off at the ground in early spring before they leaf out. Red-twig Dogwood seems to be susceptible to canker, a disease that attacks environmentally stressed plants. This dogwood likes wet to wet mesic soils. Even with supplemental water, plants placed on a berm will not survive because it is just too dry. A pond edge with Alder, Winterberry, and Red-twig Dogwood would be a spectacular scene in winter.


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Plant Details

Plant type


Soil type

Mesic (Not too Wet Not too Dry), Moist Mesic, Wet

Light exposure

Full Sun, Partial Sun / Part Shade

Bloom period


Urban environment

Yards that Flood


Floodplain, Moist Woods, Wetlands

Growth form

Shrubby/Clump, Colonizing / Spreading

Growth rate


Flower color


Fall color

Orange Yellow


Mature height
6 Feet
Mature width
6 Feet
Max height
10 Feet
Max width
15 Feet

Additional information

Butterfly host plant Loved by birds Pollinator hot spot

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