Yellow Twig Dogwood
Yellow Twig Dogwood
Cornus sericea 'Flaviramea'Item #2780 USDA Hardiness Zone: 2 - 8
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The bright yellow stems on the younger growth of this multi-stemmed shrub provide striking winter color. White flower clusters adorn the green foliage in spring and are followed by white ornamental fruit. Bare stems are an excellent addition to seasonal flower arrangements. Use in shrub borders or mass plantings. Ideal for naturalizing. Deciduous.
- OverviewLight Needs:Partial to full sunWatering Needs:Water regularly to maintain evenly moist soil - weekly, or more often.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, Tolerates Road Salt, Tolerates Urban Pollution, 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 InformationPrefers enriched, moist, well-drained soils but adaptable; tolerates dry conditions and wet soils once established. Water deeply, regularly in first growing season to establish extensive root system. Fertilize in spring. Best stem color on young wood; hard prune one-third of oldest stems annually in late winter. Root prune to control spread.Pruning time: winter.Light Needs:Partial to full sunWatering Needs:Water regularly to maintain evenly moist soil - weekly, or more often.
- 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.