• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Light needs: Partial Sun
    Partial to full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: High
    Needs wet or constantly moist soil.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Average Landscape Size
    Moderate growing to 6 to 8 ft. tall, 7 to 9 ft. wide.
    Key Feature:
    Key Feature
    Year-round Interest
    Blooms:
    Flowering Time
    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 to 6 to 8 ft. tall, 7 to 9 ft. wide.
    Foliage color:Green
    Blooms:Spring
    Flower color:White
    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 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.
  • Care
    Care Information
    Follow 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:
    Light needs: Partial Sun
    Partial to full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: High
    Needs wet or 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.