Cornus sericea ssp. sericea

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Species Name: Cornus sericea ssp. sericea
Common Name: Red-twig Dogwood

Beautiful, spreading shrub. Stunning fall color in colder areas. Best in moist shady areas. Good for erosion control along stream banks.

Plant Family: Cornaceae
Plant Type: Shrub
Height by Width: 15' H x 10' W
Growth Habit: Multi-branched, open and upright
Deciduous/Evergreen: Semi-deciduous
Growth Rate: Fast
Sun Exposure: Part sun to shade
Soil Preference: Adaptable
Water Requirements: Regular
Cold Hardy to: 15 degrees F
Flower Season: Spring- through summer
Flower Color: White
Endangered?: Not listed
Distribution: Throughout California Floristic Province, but uncommon in Southern California
Natural Habitat: Many, generally moist habitats below 8400'

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Other Names
  • Bornstein, Carol, David Fross, and Bart O'Brien. California Native Plants for the Garden. Los Olivos, CA: Cachuma Press. 2005.