Red branches of Cornus Baileyi against blue sky


Dogwood - Red Twig

Cornus sericea


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Red branches of Cornus Baileyi against blue sky
  • Native to North America
  • Good for cut flowers
  • Deer resistant

Baileyi' is strong growing selection of our native Cornus sericea (aka C. stolonifera) with deep red stems. White spring flowers produce attractive blue fruit. This large cultivar is good for cutting and its non-stoloniferous habit will not spread like the species.

USDA Zone 2 - 8 (-50°F/-45°C)

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Exposure Full sun, Part sun

Height 8 - 10'

Width 8 - 10'

Finish Time 1 season

Type Deciduous

Bloom Time Spring

Flower Color White

Foliage Color Green

Liner Sizes 2 1/4", 4"

Soil Highly adaptable, but does best in moist, even wet soils. Tolerates dry conditions once established.

Pruning To maintain best stem color, keep primarily to just one and two year old stems. The entire plant can be cut to stumps each spring (note that this will remove flowers), or one-third of the oldest branches can be removed at ground level each spring.

Uses Mass plantings; cutting gardens; naturalizing; hedges; rain gardens; cutting gardens; foundation plantings.

Growing Tips Pruning is essential for these plants to maintain their best feature: bright red stems. Determine which method to use based on your design intentions for the plant. Provide good air circulation to minimize leaf spot. One of the most shade tolerant ornamental shrubs. Excellent for cutting. Note: stem color develops in autumn and persists through spring.