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Kelsey Dogwood

Cornus sericea 'Kelseyi'

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Kelsey Dogwood (Cornus sericea 'Kelseyi') at Paterno Nurseries

Kelsey Dogwood

Kelsey Dogwood

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Kelsey Dogwood (Cornus sericea 'Kelseyi') at Paterno Nurseries

Kelsey Dogwood foliage

Kelsey Dogwood foliage

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Kelsey Dogwood (Cornus sericea 'Kelseyi') at Paterno Nurseries

Kelsey Dogwood in fall

Kelsey Dogwood in fall

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Height:  3 feet

Spread:  3 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  3b

Other Names:  C.stolonifera, Red-Osier

Description:

A compact and hardy plant for general garden use, with no single outstanding feature, but valued for its dense, closed habit of growth

Ornamental Features

Kelsey Dogwood has clusters of creamy white flowers at the ends of the branches in late spring. It has green foliage throughout the season. The pointy leaves turn an outstanding brick red in the fall. It produces white berries in late summer. The purple stems can be quite attractive.

Landscape Attributes

Kelsey 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.

This is a high maintenance shrub that will require regular care and upkeep, and can be pruned at anytime. It is a good choice for attracting birds to your yard. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;

  • Suckering
  • Disease

Kelsey Dogwood is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • Hedges/Screening
  • General Garden Use
  • Naturalizing And Woodland Gardens

Planting & Growing

Kelsey Dogwood will grow to be about 3 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 3 feet. It tends to fill out right to the ground and therefore doesn't necessarily require facer plants in front. 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 highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This is a selection of a native North American species.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Massing  Screening  Garden  Naturalizing 
Applications
Flowers  Fruit  Fall Color  Bark  Winter Value  Attracts Wildlife 
Ornamental Features