Maryland Native Plants for Winter Interest: Cornus sericea ‘Budd’s Yellow’

Nov 23, 2023 | Blog, Native Plant Spotlight

Maryland Native Plants for Winter Interest

Cornus sericea ‘Budd’s Yellow’


Cornus sericea ‘Budd’s Yellow’, is a lovely addition to a garden for winter interest.  A suckering shrub with an upright-spreading habit and yellow stems typically grows in the absence of pruning to 5-8 feet tall with a slightly larger spread. The best color appears in the younger stems.  In the spring, yellow-twig dogwood produces showy white flowers that attract butterflies. Flowers develop into clusters of whitish (sometimes bluish tinged ) drupes in summer. Fruit is attractive to birds. It’s dark green leaves turn red to orange to purple in the fall making it great for all season interest.  It is a deer tolerant shrub and does well in wet soil.  A common plant for hedges and rain gardens.

LGS Notes:

‘Cornus sericea ‘Budd’s Yellow’ is great as an informal hedge or border, especially if mixed with Cornus sericea ‘Baileyi’ or ‘Arctic Fire’ (red-twig dogwood) for multicolor winter interest.’ – Perri

‘ I think it will look beautiful next to the soft forms of fading grasses like Panicum virgatum and the architectural seedheads of Monarda species or Echinacea purpurea.’ – Alex

Latin Name: Cornus sericea
Common Name: yellow-twig dogwood
Type: Deciduous shrub
Family: Cornaceae
Zone: 3 to 8
Height: 5.00 to 6.00 feet
Spread: 5.00 to 6.00 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: Deer, Erosion, Clay Soil, Wet Soil
Information from Missouri Botanical Garden


Cornus sericea 'Budd's Yellow' stems in winter

Cornus sericea ‘Budd’s Yellow’ stems in winter

Cornus sericea 'Budd's Yellow' leaves and fruit

Cornus sericea ‘Budd’s Yellow’ leaves and fruit

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