Dogwoods attract numerous birds, mammals, and beneficial insects, and because of their suckering habit, are great for erosion control and forming natural hedges.
An upright, multi-stemmed shrub with conspicuous red twigs which are striking against snow. Spreads readily by underground stolons to form dense thickets. Flat-topped clusters of fragrant, creamy-white blossoms are followed by umbrella-shaped clusters of pea-sized white berries. Medium green leaves turn shades of red, orange and purple in the fall. The best red color appears on one and two year old stems; older stems will turn corky and brown. It is common to prune one quarter of the older stems in early spring each year to stimulate new colorful stem growth. Great wildlife value. Attracts birds and butterflies. Larval host for Spring azure.
Grows at a fast rate, with height increases of more than 24” per year.
Height: 6-9 ft.
Spread: 7-10 ft.
Bloom time: May to June
Sun: full sun to part shade
Water: medium to wet