• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Partial to full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Needs wet or constantly moist soil.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Moderate growing to 6 to 8 ft. tall, 7 to 9 ft. wide.
    Key Feature:
    Year-round Interest
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:KOR-nus ser-E-se-a flah-vi-RAHM-ee-a
    Plant type:Shrub
    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
    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:
    <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
    Needs wet or constantly moist soil.
  • History & Lore
    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.
    Osier describes how this dogwood produces the same whip like branching as the willows, also known as osiers in the Old World.