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Cardinal Red-Twig Dogwood

Cornus sericea 'Cardinal'

A beautiful, adaptable and hardy shrub offering four-seasons of interest. Vibrant red twigs are stunning in the winter garden. Spring flowers yield small ornamental fruit that is attractive to birds. Colorful fall foliage. Spreading habit is helpful in controlling erosion. Tolerates clay, wet soil. Deciduous.
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Botanical PronunciationKOR-nus ser-E-se-a
Average Size at Maturity6-9' H x 8-12' W
Bloom TimeSpring
Deciduous/ EvergreenDeciduous
Flower AttributeShowy Flowers
Flower ColorWhite
Foliage ColorGreen
Garden StyleRustic
Growth RateModerate
Landscape UseBarrier, Privacy Screen
Light NeedsFull sun, Partial sun
Special FeatureEasy Care, Fall Color, North American Native Selection, Showy Fruit, Benefits Birds
Water NeedsModerate
Watering NeedsKeep soil moist.

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 2-3 years to renew. Root-prune to control spread.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 2-8

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