‘Baileyi’ Cornus sericea – Red Twig Dogwood 

Oct 26, 2023 | Blog, Native Plant Spotlight

Maryland Native Plants for Winter Interest

‘Baileyi’ Cornus sericea – Red Twig Dogwood


'Baileyi' Red Twig Dogwood Baileyi

‘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.

LGS Notes: Our designers like to plant them in combination with Christmas fern (a semi-evergreen) and with grasses like prairie dropseed and carex which offer nice texture.

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Latin name: Cornus sericea
Common Name: red twig dogwood  
Type: Deciduous shrub
Family: Cornaceae
Zone: 3 to 8
Height: 6.00 to 10.00 feet
Spread: 6.00 to 10.00 feet
Bloom Time: May to June
Bloom Description: White
Sun: Full sun to part shade
Water: Medium to wet
Maintenance: Medium
Suggested Use: Hedge, Rain Garden
Flower: Showy
Leaf: Good Fall
Attracts: Birds, Butterflies
Fruit: Showy
Other: Winter Interest
Tolerate: Erosion, Clay Soil, Wet Soil
(Information from Missouri Botanical Garden)
'Baileyi' Red Twig Dogwood foliage

‘Baileyi’ Red Twig Dogwood foliage

'Baileyi' Red Twig Dogwood in winter

‘Baileyi’ Red Twig Dogwood in winter

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