Cornus sericea, commonly known as red twig dogwood or red osier dogwood, is an upright-spreading, suckering shrub. With the exception of the lower midwest and deep South, this species is native to much of North America where it is typically found growing in wet swampy areas, wetland margins or along lakes and rivers. Ovate to lanceolate, medium to dark green leaves acquire interesting shades of red to orange eventually fading to purple in autumn.
This variety has yellow stems.
Tiny, fragrant, white flowers appear in flat-topped clusters in late spring, with sparse, intermittent, additional flowering sometimes continuing into summer. Flowers give way to clusters of whitish (sometimes with a bluish tinge) drupes in summer. Fruit is quite attractive to birds and is generally considered to have as much if not more ornamental interest than the flowers.
'Flaviramea' is a yellowtwig dogwood cultivar. It is a compact shrub which grows to a maximum size of 2 m tall by 2 m wide with a spreading, stoloniferous habit. The outstanding ornamental feature of this plant is its bright yellow winter stems.
Excellent massed or as a specimen. Effective in shrub borders where plants can be combined with evergreens or a contrasting color of redtwig dogwoods for interesting winter contrast. Also effective in naturalistic plantings in moist soils where plants can be allowed to spread and form thickets. Plants perform very well in wet locations such as low spots or along streams or ponds where spreading roots can help combat soil erosion. May also be used as a property line screen.
Information source: http://www.missouribotanicalgarden.org/
Genus - Cornus
Species - Sericea
Variety - Flaviramea
Common name - Redosier Dogwood
Pre-Treatment - Required
Hardiness zones - 3 - 8
Height - 1,20 - 2 m
Spread - 1,20 - 20 m
Plant type - Shrub
Vegetation type - Deciduous
Exposure - Full Sun, Partial Sun, Partial Shade
Growth rate - Fast
Soil PH - Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline
Soil type - Organically rich, fertile, consistently moist
Water requirements - Average, high
Landscape uses - Feature Plant, Foundation, Hedges, Mixed Border, Screening / Wind Break
Bloom season - May - June
Leaf / Flower color - Green / White
1. Soak the seeds in warm water for 24 hours.
2. Fill a nursery flat or other germination container with a sterile germinating mix. Moisten the mix thoroughly.
3. Sow the seeds ~2 mm deep in the mix. Moisten the seeds and place the flat in a cold frame or in the refrigerator at +2-4C for 90 days. Keep the seeds moist during this period.
4. Remove the flat from the refrigerator and place it in an area with indirect sunlight and where the temperature remains between +15-20C.
5. Keep in good ventilated room or place. Good air circulation is required.
5. Spray the seeds periodically with room-temperature water from a misting bottle to ensure they remain moist. Seeds typically germinate within 20 days to three months.
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