Dogwood, Red Osier
Dogwood, Red Osier
Ornamental, fruitful, and hardy, it’s no surprise that the Red Osier Dogwood is an extremely popular landscaping choice—and an astoundingly bright scarlet species.
What distinguishes the lovely Red Osier Dogwood?
Perhaps the most easily distinguishable of all the dogwood species—and certainly the most red.
Cherished for its versatility, durability, fibrous roots and branches, and its rich scarlet stems.
Extremely adaptable and tolerant; it can grow across a wide spectrum of conditions, becoming all the more user-friendly and attractive for its market of landscapers, gardeners, and homeowners.
Characterized by its Dogwood-esque reddish-gray bark.
Keeping up appearances…
Particularly in the winter, the Red Osier provides a refreshing, unexpected, and vibrant surprise of color. Its green foliage—silky soft, as implied by the Latin epithet Sericea (of its scientific name) which means “silky”—brightens to spectacular shades of reddish-purple in the fall. In May and June, its small white flowers blossom in clusters, which are later replaced by summer’s gleaming and sour blue-white berries. The most astounding feature of the Red Osier Dogwood is its stems, colored a bright green in the summer, then stained a bright scarlet that persists throughout the winter months. The vibrancy of this red hue intensifies in the sunlight.
A friendly recommendation.
With a 2-8 hardiness zone rating, the Red Osier Dogwood is particularly widespread in the northern and central portion of the United States, with a limited appearance in the warmer southeastern states. This deciduous dogwood thrives in medium to wet, well-drained soils and in full sun to partial shade. Its rounded crown can reach a height of 6-10 ft.; given a span of 8-12 ft., however, it is typically wider than it is high.
Awesome tree trivia!
- Scientifically termed Cornus Sericea, the Red Osier Dogwood is another member of the Cornaceae family, and is native throughout nearly all of the United States and Canada.
- The Red Osier Dogwood’s wood is pliable and soft, popularly used for basket-making and for the creation of dream catchers, which originated from the Potawatomi Indians.
- Its inner bark was once prized in the tobacco mixtures of Native Americans.
Photos Copyright © Horticopia, Inc. 2017
This Tree's Zone: 2 to 8
Your Growing Zone:
|Fall Foliage||Bright red to purple|
|Bloom Time||May to June|
|Sun||Full sun to part shade|
|Size||6 to 10 feet|
|Spread||8 to 12 feet|