Cornus sericea (Cornus stolonifera)
Soil: Hydric(Wet) to Mesic(Medium)
Sun: Full to Shade
Flowers: The 4 petaled flowers grow in flat-topped clusters 1″-2″ wide and produce white, berry-like seeds.
Leaves: The opposite, ovate leaves are 2″-4″ long with curving veins. They grow on deep red, smooth twigs.
This shrub has beautiful vibrant red twigs and is therefore a shrub for all seasons! It does extremely well on moist soils and is often used for shoreline restoration and large rain gardens. Flowers are showy, white and fragrant. This shrub provides cover and food for a variety of wildlife, especially waterfowl and shorebirds, and is good for attracting other birds and butterflies to the landscape.
Other Uses: Larval host for the Spring Azure Butterfly