Redosier Dogwood, Red-twig Dogwood, Red-rood, American Dogwood Cornus sericea - Cornus stolonifera

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Botanical Name:

Cornus sericea

Family:

Cornaceae

Genus:

Cornus

Species:

sericea

Common Name:

Redosier Dogwood, Red-twig Dogwood, Red-rood, American Dogwood

Height:
6-10 feet
Minimum Hardiness Zone:
3

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  • Cornus sericea

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Growing Info, follow in order:
Scarification: Soak in water, let stand in water for 24 hours.
Stratification: cold stratify for 90 days.
Germination: sow seed 1/4" deep, tamp the soil, mulch the seed bed.
Other: fall sowing in mulched beds is prefered to artificial stratification.
In a Nutshell:
* In the wild, it commonly grows in areas of damp soil, such as wetlands.
* This species' stems are red or purplish red and may have good reddish - purple fall color. more...
* An easily grown plant, it succeeds in any soil of good or moderate fertility.
* The flowers are very attractive to bees. more...
* C. sericea is frequently used for waterway bank erosion protection and restoration in the United States and Canada.
* Its root system provides excellent soil retention. more...

In the wild, it commonly grows in areas of damp soil, such as wetlands . It is a medium to tall deciduous shrub , growing 1.5–4 m tall and 3–5 m wide, spreading readily by underground stolons to form dense thickets. The branches and twigs are dark red, although wild plants may lack this coloration in shaded areas. The leaves are opposite, 5–12 cm long and 2.5–6 cm broad, with an ovate to oblong shape and an entire margin; they are dark green above and glaucous below; fall color is commonly bright red to purple. The flowers are small (5–10 mm diameter), dull white, in clusters 3–6 cm diameter. The fruit is a globose white berry 5–9 mm diameter.

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Cornus sericea is a deciduous Shrub growing to 2.5 m (8ft) by 4 m (13ft). It is hardy to zone 2 and is not frost tender. It is in flower from May to June. The flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs) and are pollinated by Bees.It is noted for attracting wildlife. The plant prefers light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils and can grow in heavy clay soil.The plant prefers acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils..It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade.It requires moist or wet soil.

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Usda description:
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This species' stems are red or purplish red and may have good reddish - purple fall color. It has white flowers in early summer followed by white fruit. It is quick growing and very tolerant of a wide range of conditions it likes moist conditions and spreads by stolons to form colonies.

Usda description:
More info on http://plants.usda.gov