- Seedling Size: 6-12″
- Seedling Age: 1-0
- Mature Height: 3 – 9 feet
- Mature Width: 6 – 10 feet
- Soil Type: Sandy, Clay, Well-drained
- Moisture: Moist
- Sun: Partial Shade
- Growth Rate: Fast
Key Characteristics of Red-Osier Dogwood
- White flower clusters in bloom in June.
- Bright red bark brings great winter interest. Changes to green in the spring.
- Deciduous, simple, and opposite leaves. They reveal silky strands when split.
- Small, white berries appear in August and September.
Visitors Attracted to Red-Osier Dogwood
Help Control Invasives!
Red-Osier Dogwood makes a great alternative to invasive honeysuckle species (Lonicera spp.), which replace native plants in high quality natural areas, which in turn reduces critical food resources for birds, butterflies, and other wild creatures. Invasive honeysuckles in particular affect native ecosystems by throwing off the balance. While their flowers do provide nectar to birds and pollinating insects and the berries are food for birds and small mammals, the foliage is unpalatable to most native insects. Songbirds especially rely on insects to feed for their young to survive the growing season (click here for more info).