(CORNUS) Red Twigged Dogwood

(CORNUS) Red Twigged Dogwood


'Baileyi' is a redtwig dogwood cultivar. It is a rapid-growing, multi-stemmed, deciduous shrub which grows to a maximum size of 6-10' tall with a loose, rounded habit. It lacks the stoloniferous, spreading habit of the species and is listed in Hortus Third as Cornus sericea forma baileyi. Some nurseries sell the plant as Cornus baileyi. The outstanding ornamental feature of this plant is its bright red winter stems. Leaves (2-4" long) have curling hairs underneath.


Native to much of North America where it is typically found growing in wet swampy areas, wetland margins or along lakes and rivers. Ovate to lanceolate, medium to dark green leaves (2-5” long) acquire interesting shades of red to orange eventually fading to purple in autumn. Reddish stems turn bright red in winter and are particularly showy against a snowy backdrop. Tiny, fragrant, white flowers appear in flat-topped clusters (cymes to 2.5” diameter) in late spring, with sparse, intermittent, additional flowering sometimes continuing into summer. Flowers give way to clusters of whitish (sometimes with a bluish tinge) drupes in summer. Fruit is quite attractive to birds and is generally considered to have as much if not more ornamental interest than the flowers.


    #5 Container

    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: Deer, Erosion, Clay Soil, Wet Soil


    Excellent massed or as a specimen. Effective in shrub borders where plants can be combined with evergreens or a contrasting color of redtwig dogwoods for interesting winter contrast. Also effective in naturalistic plantings in moist soils where plants can be allowed to spread and form thickets. Plants perform very well in wet locations such as low spots or along streams or ponds where spreading roots can help combat soil erosion. May also be used as a property line screen.


    Susceptible to leaf and twig blights, canker and leaf spots. Scale, leaf miners and bagworms are occasional insect pests.


    Products can not be shipped.  For local delivery and installation only.



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