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      Close-up of white Red Twig Dogwood flower (Cornus sericea). One of 100+ species of Pacific Northwest native plants available at Sparrowhawk Native Plants, Native Plant Nursery in Portland, Oregon.
      Close-up of Red Twig Dogwood leaves (Cornus sericea). One of 100+ species of Pacific Northwest native plants available at Sparrowhawk Native Plants, Native Plant Nursery in Portland, Oregon.
      Close-up of Red Twig Dogwood leaves (Cornus sericea). One of 100+ species of Pacific Northwest native plants available at Sparrowhawk Native Plants, Native Plant Nursery in Portland, Oregon.
      Striking red stems of a large, mature Red Twig Dogwood thicket in winter (Cornus sericea). One of 100+ species of Pacific Northwest native plants available at Sparrowhawk Native Plants, Native Plant Nursery in Portland, Oregon.

      Red Twig Dogwood

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      Cornus sericea

      • Size at maturity: 15' tall, 6-9' wide
      • Canopy layer: large shrub
      • Light requirements: full sun, part sun/part shade
      • Moisture requirements: moist to wet soil
      • Growth rate: very fast
      • Special features: wildlife favorite, supports hummingbirds

      An extensive system of spreading roots helps the Red Twig Dogwood (also known as the Red-osier Dogwood) form large, dense thickets along moist stream banks. This deciduous shrub is easy to recognize in the winter by the bright red bark on its twigs. It has 1–3” flat, circular clusters of small white flowers from May to July. The inedible, bitter berries are appealing to birds, and range in color from dark blue to almost white with a bluish tint (Portland Plant List, 2016)

       

      Photo Credit 1: "Cornus sericea" by Matt Lavin is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

      Photo Credit 2 & 3: Tara Lemezis

      Photo 4: "Cornus sericea" by Matt Lavin is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0