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Alder, Michael G.
Cornus sericea ssp. sericea L.
Redosier dogwood, Red Osier Dogwood
Synonyms: Cornus stolonifera
USDA Symbol: COSES
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
Large, spreading, thicket-forming shrub with several stems, clusters of small white flowers, and small whitish fruit; rarely a small tree. Height commonly 3-10 feet (0.9-3 m), rarely to 15 feet (4.6 m). Diameter: 3 (7.5 cm).Leaves are opposite.
Red Osier Dogwood is useful for erosion control on stream banks. The common name recalls the resemblance of the reddish twigs to those of some willows called osiers, used in basketry. Branch tips of this tree will root upon touching the ground.
The genus cornus is Latin for a horn.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Tree Leaf:
Green Autumn Foliage:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: White
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr , May
AK , AZ , CA , CO , CT , DE , IA , ID , IL , IN , KY , MA , MD , ME , MI , MN , MT , ND , NE , NH , NJ , NM , NV , NY , OH , OR , PA , RI , SD , UT , VA , VT , WA , WI , WV , WY Canada: NB
, PE Native Distribution:
Central Alaska east to Labrador and Newfoundland, south to N. Virginia, and west to California; also N. Mexico; to 5000 (1524 m); to 9000 (2743 m) in the Southwest. Native Habitat:
Moist soils, especially along streams; forming thickets and in understory of forests. USDA Native Status: L48(N), AK(N), CAN(N),
Growing ConditionsWater Use: High
Light Requirement: Sun , Part Shade , Shade
CaCO3 Tolerance: None
Conditions Comments: Red branches attractive.
BenefitConspicuous Flowers: yes
Larval Host: Spring Azure butterfly.
Butterflies and Moths of North America (BAMONA)
Cornus sericea ssp. sericea
is a larval host and/or nectar source for:
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Record Modified: 2010-10-20
Research By: TWC Staff