• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Partial to full sun
    Watering 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.
  • 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); Weigela (Weigela); Japanese Sweet Flag (Acorus); Summersweet (Clethra); Sweetspire (Itea); Turtlehead (Chelone)
  • Care
    Care Information
    Prefers 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:
    <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 evenly moist soil - weekly, or more often.
  • 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.

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