Maryland Native Plants for Winter Interest
‘Baileyi’ Cornus sericea – Red Twig Dogwood
‘Baileyi’ Cornus sericea – Red Twig Dogwood, also called red osier dogwood, is a large shrub with bright red branches that add color to winter landscapes. These shrubs are beautiful in the fall when their leaves turn red and leave behind showy colored branches in the winter season. They create a nice green backdrop to highlight other colorful plants throughout the rest of the year. We use red twig dogwood in our rain gardens because they’ll tolerate wet soil. This shrub prefers full sun to part sun conditions. Its flowers are attractive to pollinators and the berries are a favorite of around 85 species of birds including cedar waxwings, catbirds, titmice, grosbeaks, robins, cardinals, and bluebirds.