Yellow Twig Dogwood
Yellow Twig Dogwood
Cornus sericea 'Flaviramea'Item #2780 USDA Hardiness Zone: 2 - 8
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The bright yellow stems on the younger growth of this many-stemmed bushy shrub are striking during winter. Flowers are followed by white fruit. Excellent for moist situations. Deciduous.
- DetailBotanical Pronunciation:KOR-nus ser-E-se-a flah-vi-RAHM-ee-aPlant type:ShrubDeciduous/evergreen:DeciduousSunset climate zones:1 - 9, 14 - 21Growth habit:PyramidalGrowth rate:ModerateAverage landscape size:Moderate growing to 6 to 8 ft. tall, 7 to 9 ft. wide.Special features:Attracts Birds, Fall Color, North American Native Selection, Showy Fruit, Year-round InterestFoliage color:GreenBlooms:SpringFlower color:WhiteDesign IdeasBring interest to the winter garden with this Dogwood's yellow twigs that stand out against the dark landscape. Plant in a stand or use singly as contrast to neighboring plants. Keep the outstanding stem color by cutting down the stems in early spring to make room for new growth.Companion PlantsYellow twigs brighten up winter days and are a good contrast to the light green branches of Double Flowered Kerria (Kerria japonica 'Pleniflora'). Plant with other moisture-loving companions such as Fanal Astilbe (Astilbe x arendsii 'Fanal'), with its garnet blooms that contrast with the yellow stems, or Variegated Broad-leaved Sedge (Carex siderosticha 'Variegata') with its creamy edged leaves.
- CareCare InformationFollow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Watering can be reduced after establishment. Feed with a general purpose fertilizer before new growth begins in spring.Pruning time: winter.Light Needs:Partial to full sunWatering Needs:Needs wet or constantly moist soil.
- History & LoreHistory:This species is often confused with C. stolonifera as both bear red twig forms were the same species. It was reclassified in the 20th century by Francis Fosberg. Its common name, osier dogwood has been used since 1656. The yellow 'Aurea' form did not appear until 1899.Lore:Osier describes how this dogwood produces the same whip like branching as the willows, also known as osiers in the Old World.