Family: Cornaceae

Scientific Name: Cornus sericea var flaviramea

Common Name: Yellow Twig Dogwood


Yellow Twig Dogwood(Cornus sericea flaviramea) A medium to tall, wide-spreading shrub grown mainly for its yellow stems.

Plant TypeShrubs Deciduous, Site author's observations
Hardiness Zone2-7
Sunlightfull, mostly sunny, tolerates some shade
Moistureaverage to moist to wet
Soil & Siteaverage to swampy
Flowerswhite (flat-topped cymes) bloom in the late spring.
Fruitwhite to whitish blue drupes
Leavesgreen, simple, opposite, ovate to elliptic, reach about 2 by 4 inches. Fall color seems to be plant and site-related but can be a nice yellow.
Stemsnew stems a bright yellow
DimensionsReaches 8-10 feet high by a spread of over 6-8 feet. Space 6 feet on center. A rapid growing shrub.
MaintenanceI like to cut out 1/2 to a 1/3 of the old stems and cut the remaining stems back 50%. This promotes new colorful yellow stems since the older stems lose the reddish color. In one garden I maintain we cut the plants down to 6-12 inches in the early spring, it regrows and we need to trim it back again
Propagationsoftwood cuttings
Cultivar OriginFirst offered for sale by the Spath Nursery in Germany (1899).
Misc FactsGenus name comes from the Latin word cornu meaning horn in probable reference to the strength and density of the wood. Cornus is also the Latin name for cornelian cherry. genus name from Latin means silky in reference to the hairs present on young twigs and upper leaf surfaces. SYN: Cornus stolonifera, Lutea
Notes & Reference#01-Manual of Woody Landscape Plants (Michael Dirr), #03-The Hillier Manual of Trees and Shrubs (Hillier Nursery), #175-Dogwoods (Paul Cappiello and Don Shadow),
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