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Cornus sericea ‘Silver and Gold’

Silver and gold red osier dogwood

KingdomPlantaePlants, but not fungi, lichens, or algae
SubkingdomTracheobiontaVascular plants—plants with a “circulatory system” for delivering water and nutrients
DivisionMagnoliophytaFlowering plants, also known as angiosperms
ClassMagnoliopsidaDicotyledons—plants with two initial seed leaves
SubclassAsteridaeA large class that encompasses asters
OrderCornalesIncludes dogwoods, hydrangeas, stickleafs, tupelos, even sillyberries
FamilyCornaceaeDogwood family
GenusCornusLatin for “a horn”
Cultivar‘Silver and Gold’

About plant names...

Red osier dogwood is native to North America. It produces its own antifreeze, surviving temperatures down to –32°F. Red osier means "red-twigged," but the ‘Silver and Gold’ cultivar has variegated leaves and yellow stems instead of red.

Identification: This deciduous shrub is 5-7' (1.5-2.1 m) high, and a bit more in width. It is extensively branched. Stems are yellow in winter, instead of dark red fading to gray-green in the natural species. Leaves are 2-5" (5-12 cm) long and 1-2½" (2.5-6.3 cm) wide, ovate to lanceolate, variegated in color, and bright red in the fall. Red osier flowers are small and white, occurring in flat-topped groups. The fruits are white or dull white berries, about ¼" (6.3 mm), on bright red stems. Blooms appear from May to June.

Online References:

The Missouri Botanical Garden


Earl J.S. Rook's Flora, Fauna, Earth, and Sky ... The Natural History of the Northwoods (Cornus sericea)

The Virginia Tech Department of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation (Cornus sericea)

The Theodore Payne Foundation (Cornus sericea)

Calflora (Cornus sericea)

CalPhotos (Cornus sericea)

The Jepson Manual (Cornus sericea)


Cornus sericea ‘Silver and Gold’ description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 25 May 2020.

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Cornus sericea (silver and gold red osier dogwood)

4/7/2012 · Ladew Topiary Gardens, Monkton, Mary­land
≈ 16 × 24" (41 × 62 cm)

Cornus sericea (silver and gold red osier dogwood)

4/7/2012 · Ladew Topiary Gardens, Monkton, Mary­land
≈ 8 × 12" (20 × 31 cm)

Range: Zones 3-8:

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