Cornus sericea ‘Baileyi’

red-twig dogwood

red-osier dogwood

Outstanding Qualities

This is the classic red-twig dogwood with brilliant bright-red winter stems which are particularly showy against our northwest grey skies. Tiny flat clusters of white flowers appear in late spring followed by white berries in late summer and early fall. The fruit is quite attractive to birds. This shrub gives a great deal for the little it asks in the way of care and attention. It tolerates damp or dry soils, as well as that difficult combination of winter-wet-summer-dry locations.

Colors & Combos

Great Color Contrasts: silver, gold, chartreuse

Great Color Partners: red, dark green

Culture Notes

This red-twig dogwood is extremely adaptable, growing in a wide range of soil types from well-drained to wet locations and from clay to sand. For sites that are not wet provide regular summer watering. It is vigorous in full sun or light dappled shade, but a sunnier location will provide brighter stems in winter. To encourage bright red stems cut back a third of the oldest stems to about 6 inches tall every year, leaving the strong upright young whips.

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Quick Facts

Plant Type: shrub

Foliage Type: deciduous

Plant Height: 10 ft. 0 in. (3.05 m.)

Plant Width/Spread: 10 ft. 0 in. (3.05 m.)

Hardiness: USDA Zones 3 to 8

Flower Color: white

Sun/Light Exposure: full sun or light to dappled shade

Water Requirements: regular watering in well drained soil, clay, or sandy soils