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Yellow Twig Dogwood

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A stunning shrub for northern landscapes, very hardy; bright yellow stems show well against the winter snow, especially when used in groups; will grow quite large

Characteristics

Species:
sericea
Other Species Names:
C.stolonifera, Red-Osier
Average Landscape Height:
8 feet
Average Landscape Width:
10 feet
Genus:
Cornus
Cultivar:
Flaviramea
Branching:
multi-stemmed
Plant Form:
round
Canopy:
closed
Growth Rate:
fast
Pruning:
can prune at anytime
Flower Color:
cream
Flower Period:
in late spring
Summer Foliage Color:
green
Fall Color:
yellow
Maximum Light:
full sun
Minimum Light:
partial shade
Maximum Moisture:
wet
Minimum Moisture:
dry
Pollution Tolerance:
medium

Ornamental Features

Yellow Twig Dogwood has clusters of creamy white flowers at the ends of the branches in late spring. It has green deciduous foliage. The pointy leaves turn yellow in fall. It produces white berries in late summer. The yellow branches are extremely showy and add significant winter interest.

Landscape Attributes

Yellow Twig Dogwood is a multi-stemmed deciduous shrub with a more or less rounded form. Its average texture blends into the landscape, but can be balanced by one or two finer or coarser trees or shrubs for an effective composition.

Planting & Growing

Yellow Twig Dogwood will grow to be about 8 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 10 feet. It tends to fill out right to the ground and therefore doesn't necessarily require facer plants in front, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 20 years.

This shrub does best in full sun to partial shade. It is an amazingly adaptable plant, tolerating both dry conditions and even some standing water. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This is a selection of a native North American species.

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