Yellow Twig Dogwood
Yellow Twig Dogwood
Cornus sericea 'Flaviramea'Item #2780 USDA Hardiness Zone: 2 - 8
The bright yellow stems on the younger growth of this many-stemmed bushy shrub provide striking winter color. White spring flowers are followed by white fruit. Excellent for moist situations. Deciduous.
- OverviewLight Needs:Partial to full sunWatering Needs:Water regularly to maintain constantly moist soil.Average Landscape Size:Moderate growing; reaches 6 to 8 ft. tall, 7 to 9 ft. wide.
- 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; reaches 6 to 8 ft. tall, 7 to 9 ft. wide.Special features:Attractive Bark, Bird Friendly, Fall Color, North American Native Selection, Ornamental Berries, Showy Fruit, Year-round InterestFoliage color:GreenBlooms:SpringFlower color:WhiteFlower attributesShowy FlowersDesign 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 PlantsChokeberry (Aronia); Summersweet (Clethra); Japanese Sweet Flag (Acorus); Sweetspire (Itea); Turtlehead (Chelone)
- CareCare InformationEasily grown in enriched, medium to wet soils. Tolerant of swampy or boggy conditions. Best stem color on young wood. Prune 1/4 of the older stems in early spring to promote new growth, or hard prune every 2 to 3 years to renew. Root prune to control spread.Pruning time: winter.Light Needs:Partial to full sunWatering Needs:Water regularly to maintain 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.