Sun: Full sun; can tolerate some shade
Bloom Time: May-July
Moisture: Moist, wet (less tolerant of dry soil) no more than 2 days
Soil: Well-drained, loam, rich in humus
Attracts: Butterflies, pollinators, birds
Pollinator Benefit: Larval Host for Spring Azure Butterfly
Red-Osier Dogwood (Cornus sericea) is a beautiful shrub in all seasons! Numerous white flower clusters appear in late spring, giving way to lovely white berries in late summer. The fruits are attractive, ornamental, and popular with birds, as well. Red leaves provide autumn color, and the show continues through winter when the dramatic red stems are a striking point of interest. Spreading by suckers to form thickets, Cornus sericea is an excellent shrub for privacy screening, and is very moisture tolerant.
Young plants require regular watering. Mature require less. Fertilize once a year with compost.