SelecTree: Tree Detail
Cornus sericea subsp. sericea
Photo Locations: Tilden Regional Parks Botanical Garden - Berkeley, CA
Utility friendly tree.
Needs ample water. Very attractive when leafless in winter.
Has fragrant Flower.
Native to California.
Additional Common Names
REDSTEM DOGWOOD, RED-OSIER DOGWOOD, RED TWIG DOGWOOD, REDTWIG DOGWOOD
Oval, Rounded or Umbrella Shape.
Has Deciduous foliage.
Height: 7 - 10 feet.
Width: 12 feet.
Growth Rate: 24 Inches per Year.
Longevity 50 to 150 years.
Leaves Oval, Medium to Light Green, Red, Deciduous.
Fragrant White. Flowers in Summer or Fall. Has perfect flowers (male and female parts in each flower).
White or Mostly Blue Drupe, Very Small (Under 0.25 inches), fruiting in Fall or Winter Wildlife use it.
Bark Red Brown, Smooth.
Shading Capacity Rated as Moderate in Leaf.
Shading Capacity Rated as Moderate out of Leaf.
Litter Issue is Wet Fruit.
Tree Site Conditions & Constraints
Sunset Zones 1 - 9 and 14 - 21.
USDA Hardiness Zones 2 - 8.
Exposure Partial Shade.
Wet to Moist Soil.
Clay, Loam or Sand Texture.
Highly Acidic to Slightly Alkaline Soil pH.
Seaside Tolerance is Good in Mild Zone.
Pests & Disease Information
Resistant to Verticillium. Susceptible to Beetle Borers and Scales, Armillaria, Anthracnose, Phytophthora and Root Rot.
Health, Safety & Environmental Concerns
Branch Strength Rated as Strong.
Root Damage Potential Rated as Low.
Allergy Health Hazard.
Fire Resistance is Favorable.
Desirable Wildlife Plant.
Wildlife use Fruit.
Special Uses & Values
Riparian or Screen.
Cite this tree:
SelecTree. "Cornus sericea subsp. sericea Tree Record." 1995-2018. May 21, 2018.
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