COMMON NAME Dogwood, Red-osier Dogwood
TYPE deciduous shrub, with bright red stems, dark green leaves, vigorous and spreading by suckers
GROWTH ENVIRONMENT shrubbery border, woodland, wet boggy areas, best in sun to part shade
SOIL moist, acidic to neutral soils, tolerates wet soils
ZONE 3 – 8
SIZE 4’ – 6’
FLOWER COLOR flat white flowers on white cymes about 2” wide, usually followed by blue tinged white berries
NARRATIVE New shoots come up red each year with dark green leaves. This plant has fall color interest and winter interest. In winter the branches turn brilliant red while the leaves turn red – orange in the fall before falling off. In winter the shrub looks beautiful and colorful especially with a dark evergreen background or back lit from the sun. The oldest branches should be pruned off in early spring to encourage a fresh growth of red stems, since the older branches lose their red color as they age. Cornus will form a dense thicket if left unmanaged.