Red-Osier Dogwood by M.Dolly is licensed under CC BY 2.0
"Red-osier or Common Dogwood" by Tom Brandt via CC BY 2.0"Fruit of the Red-Osier or Common Dogwood" by Tom Brandt is licensed under CC BY 2.0"Cornus stolonifera 2" by Superior National Forest is licensed by CC BY 2.0Red Osier Dogwood in Winter by Rafael Penaloza

Dogwood, Red-Osier – 12-24″ (2-0)

Red-osier dogwood (Cornus stolonifera) is a fast-growing shrub that reaches 3-9 feet in height and 6-10 feet in width.  It prefers well-drained, wet to moist, sandy to clay soils.  Given its bright red bark and pleasant leaf structure it is often used ornamentally, especially for winter interest.  Red-osier dogwood is also useful for controlling erosion along stream banks.  It is an excellent tree for wildlife.

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Product Description

  • Seedling Size:  12-24″
  • Seedling Age:  2-0
  • 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.

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Japanese Honeysuckle (Lonicera japonica) by Mokkie

Japanese Honeysuckle (Lonicera japonica) by Mokkie

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).