Cornus sericea ‘Silver and Gold’
Silver and gold red osier dogwood
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.
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Cornus sericea ‘Silver and Gold’ description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 25 May 2020.
Range: Zones 3-8: