The Q&A Archives: Yellow Twig Dogwood

Question: I bought these end of the year bargains on the "Yellow Twig Dogwoods". I can not find any info on whether they like sun, shade, how tall they get, what kind of soil, etc. Any information on these shrubs would be helpful.

Answer: Yellow Twig Dogwoods (probably "Flaviramea" -- a type of Cornus sericea or sometimes called Cornus stolonifera) are fast growing shrubby dogwoods favored for the color of their bark during the winter. These loose, multi-stemmed shrubs can grow to about 8 feet tall and wide (or wider since they can root where the branches touch the ground and sometimes send up new shoots from underground runners) and are very cold hardy. They prefer moist soil (even wet or swampy) if grown in full sun, but will tolerate drier soil especially with some shade. They are fibrous rooted and easy to establish; in my garden I prefer them grown in a mass planting because the individual plants are not particularly graceful. They don't have showy blooms or fall color, and the birds usually eat the fruit quickly, but their twigs are pretty during the winter, especially if you can view them against a background of evergreens or snow.

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