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Red Osier Dogwood Shrub

Red Osier Dogwood Shrub Has Stunning Bark

The red osier dogwood shrub goes by many names, including red-twig dogwood, American dogwood, red willow, and red-stem dogwood. It's scientific name is Cornus sericea. No matter the name it goes by; however, this deciduous perennial is most easily recognized by its bright red stems, which make an impressive statement against a snowy winter landscape.

Red osier dogwoods grow best in hardiness zones 2 to 7. Loose spreading with upright stems and arching branches, the medium shrubs grow five to eight feet, while larger shrubs can grow as tall as twelve feet. For this reason, they are an excellent choice for hedges and screening, massing, and mixed borders. However, they multiply, so they should be pruned or sheared to the ground in the spring in landscaped gardens to keep them under control. The bright red stems tend to fade to gray, so regular pruning, which results in new bright red growth, is also desirable for an attractive garden.

Red Osier Dogwood Shrub Is Stunning Year-Round

This plant is enjoyed for its year-round interest. Fragrant, ivory-white blossoms appear in flat clusters in May and June and are followed in late summer by clusters of tiny white berries. Their variegated leaves turn a reddish-purple in autumn, providing added interest, and after they fall away, the dogwoods' bright red stems carry them through the winter. Popular companion plants in landscaping include daylilies, ruby spice, hydrangeas, and rose of Sharon. They are beautiful when paired with evergreens and Japanese maples.

It prefers full sun or partial shade and moist soils. They do well in marshy, boggy areas and are particularly attractive to marsh, shorebirds, and butterflies. Thickets of this dogwood provide shelter for various bird species. They provide year-found food for deer. As for diseases, these shrubs can be susceptible to twig blights, canker, and leaf spots. Common pests include scale, leaf miners, and bagworms and may be controlled with pesticides.

Red Osier Dogwood Shrub Is Easy To Grow

Propagation is quickly established by seed or through cuttings. Seeds can be scattered and do not need to be removed from the fruit. Hardwood cuttings the thickness of a pen or pencil can be taken in the late fall, where a bud can be found at either end. Cutaway side branches, dip in rooting hormone, and pot. It may take up to a year for red osier dogwood to take root, but after they do, they can be transplanted outside.

While gardeners enjoy red osier dogwoods for their year-round visual interest, Native American tribes used different aspects of the shrub. The inner bark was used in tobacco mixtures, and the stems made dream catchers for tanning animal hides. The red stems were also used to weave colorful baskets and to make dyes. Although tart in taste, they found the berries edible. A versatile plant, Native Americans have also used it as remedies for ailments, including headaches and sore throats, as an anti-diarrheal, and to treat weak kidneys.

Coral Red Dogwood

Coral Red Dogwood

The Coral Red Dogwood is a shrub prized for its vibrant scarlet stems in winter and clusters of white flowers in spring, adding year-round visual interest to landscapes. This stunning deciduous shrub boasts vibrant scarlet stems that add a splash of boldness to any landscape. With its captivating beauty, versatility, and hardiness, the plant is a gem that will elevate your outdoor sanctuary to new heights. The coral red dogwood gets its name from its brilliant scarlet stems, which stand out in the bleakness of winter. The scientific community knows it as Cornus Sericea, which can reach a height of six to nine feet. However, gardeners and plant lovers often call it the scarlet twig. Cornus Sericea is native to North America and is a great yard addition. Identifying Coral Red Dogwood It can be identified by its stringy, slightly elastic white pith. The American Indians knew the shrub as kinnikinik, and it's one of 50 species found in North America. It is known for its bright, scarlet branches and white flowers. The branches are most prominent in winter, and the flowers usually appear in the spring. If left unpruned, it can grow up to nine feet with a nine to ten-foot canopy. The leaves range from two to five inches and two inches wide with prominent veining. In the summer, the white flowers produce clusters of white or blue-tinged fruits called drupes. Gardeners can watch the leaves change from green to orange in the fall and finally scarlet. Help Attract Birds By Using Coral Red Dogwood It produces fruit in the summer that attracts a wide variety of birds. Gardeners can enjoy watching American goldfinches, eastern bluebirds, purple finches, and cardinals. It also attracts butterflies and bees. Make a Statement with This Coral Red Dogwood It can provide visual interest and make a statement in your yard and around your home. These shrubs can be planted in rows or alongside other shrubs and bushes to add variety and create natural borders between property lines. It is prized for its scarlet stems in winter and beautiful white flowers in the spring. It can be planted alongside pussy willow, maiden grass, hibiscus, winterberry, and azaleas to create a beautifully landscaped yard with plenty of curb appeal.  

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