Cardinal Red Twig Dogwood

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Cardinal Red Twig Dogwood

Cornus sericea 'Cardinal'

 

'Cardinal' is a cultivar that is a rapid-growing, multi-stemmed, deciduous shrub which grows to a maximum size of 6-9' tall with a loose, rounded, spreading habit. The outstanding ornamental feature of this plant is its bright red winter stems. commonly known as red twig dogwood or red osier dogwood, native to much of North America where it is typically found growing in wet swampy areas, wetland margins or along lakes and rivers.  Medium to dark green leaves (2-5” long) acquire interesting shades of red to orange eventually fading to purple in autumn. Reddish stems turn bright red in winter and are particularly showy against a snowy backdrop. Tiny, fragrant, white flowers appear in flat-topped clusters in late spring, with sparse, intermittent, additional flowering sometimes continuing into summer. Flowers give way to clusters of whitish (sometimes with a bluish tinge) drupes in summer. Fruit is quite attractive to birds and is generally considered to have as much if not more ornamental interest than the flowers.


 

Mature Height : 6-9 Feet

Mature Width : 6-9 Feet

Exposure : Full sun to partial shade

Hardiness Zones : 3-8