Red Osier Dogwood


  • Native to Van Buren County
  • Forms Shrub
  • Distinctive red bark
  • Showy purple-red fall color
  • Early white flowers
  • Deer tolerant
  • Seedling height: 12″-18″

Height: 5ft-10ft
Spread: 5ft-10ft
Water Needs: Medium-Dry to Wet
Soil Needs: Loam, Clay
Growth Rate: Fast

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Red Osier Dogwood
Description Red osier dogwood (Cornus sericea), also known as red-twig dogwood, is a deciduous shrub. Red osier dogwood gets its name from its bright red twigs. It is a great ornamental plant with its colorful red twigs, white flowers, and white fruit. Birds and butterflies love this plant. This dogwood is frequently used for bank erosion control.
Height 5 – 10 ft.
Spread 5 – 10 ft.
Growth rate Fast
Sun Part shade
Water use Medium
Soil Moist, well-drained soils
Bloom & Fruit
Bloom time May – October
Bloom color White
Fruit type Drupe
Edible/Inedible Inedible
Nativeness Native
Benefits Good for wildlife, good for pollinators, erosion control
Climate Change Hardiness Unknown adaptability

Additional information


5, 10, 25, 50