This species of Dogwood is native to much of North America, and typically found growing in wet, swampy areas. Medium to dark green leaves acquire interesting shades of red or orange, eventually fading to purple in the fall. Tiny yet fragrant white flowers appear in late spring, giving way to small berries in summer. This attracts birds and other wildlife. Plants perform well along streams or ponds, and the spreading roots can help prevent soil erosion.
- Scientific Name: Cornus sericea
- Key feature: Ornamental, screen
- Plant type: Deciduous Shrub
- Cold hardiness zones: 3-8
- Light needs: Sun, Partial Shade
- Water Needs: Moist Soil
- Average landscape size: 6′- 9′ Tall; 6′ – 9′ Wide