• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Partial to full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water regularly to maintain constantly moist soil.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Moderate growing; reaches 6 to 8 ft. tall, 7 to 9 ft. wide.
    Key Feature:
    Multi-Season Interest
    Blooms:
    Spring
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:KOR-nus ser-E-se-a flah-vi-RAHM-ee-a
    Plant type:Shrub
    Deciduous/evergreen:Deciduous
    Sunset climate zones:1 - 9, 14 - 21
    Growth habit:Pyramidal
    Growth rate:Moderate
    Average landscape size:Moderate growing; reaches 6 to 8 ft. tall, 7 to 9 ft. wide.
    Foliage color:Green
    Blooms:Spring
    Flower color:White
    Flower attributesShowy Flowers
    Design 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)
  • Care
    Care Information
    Easily 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:
    <strong>Partial Sun / Partial Shade</strong>: These two terms are often used interchangeably to mean 3-6 (or 4-6) hours of sunlight each day. However, there is a difference.
<strong>Partial shade</strong> typically means the plants will appreciate a more gentle exposure such as the weaker morning or early afternoon sun, with the emphasis on providing the minimum needed shade and sheltering from intense late afternoon sun. <strong>Partial sun</strong> typically means the plants <u>need</u> some direct sun, so the emphasis is on meeting the required minimum hours of sunlight, with filtered sunlight or shade the balance of the day.
Both are best with shelter from the harshest late afternoon sun. This shade could be provided by a structure, a wall, larger plants or  tree(s).
    Partial to full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: High
    Water regularly to maintain constantly moist soil.
  • History & Lore
    History:
    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.