Tree of the Week

Redosier Dogwood: Winter’s Glory

By Sheereen Othman | April 26, 2016

Cornus sericea

The redosier dogwood is a North American native and goes by a multitude of names including the red dogwood, redstem dogwood and red willow. This is one of few trees that have attractive qualities year-round. With distinctive red bark and vibrant foliage in the fall, and white blossoms and fruit in the summer. Add to that its hardiness for varying climates and dense thicket and you have yourself a great landscape tree.

Here are a few things to note if you’re considering adding one to your yard.

Environmental Conditions

  • Does best in moist, wet soils, often growing in wet swamp lands (hardiness zones 2-7).
  • Fast growing tree, growing up to three feet a year and reaching 7-9 feet at maturity.
  • Does well in both full sun and partial shade.

Physical Attributes

  • Blooms clusters of small, cream to white flowers.
  • Produces an oval shaped white berry popular amongst wildlife, that drop in late summer to early fall.
  • Has a deep, red color wood and red to purple leaves in the fall.

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1 Comment

  • Reply Love for Trees April 27, 2016 at 2:11 am

    A neat write up on a beautiful tree! Redosier Dogwood has always been a delight to the eye at every season. Especially, in summer with its burst of fruits that invite small visitors to feed on. This quick post on Dogwood’s attributes is quite an interesting read!

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