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Cornus sericea Flaviramea


Golden twig dogwood

Good all year round interest

A vigorous, suckering dogwood forming clumps of olive green stems that appear green-gold in winter when the green leaves fall away. Pruned hard in spring the stems reach 1.5m (5ft) and are wand-like. Small, insignificant flowers are often followed by white berries. Most effective when planted with red-barked dogwoods for contrast .


Grows in full sun or semi shade, good alongside water. Best where the winter sun catches the stems.


Grows on any soil but thrives in moist or wet conditions. Cut back to 15cm (6”) in early spring to promote vigorous, upright winter shoots. 

A great choice for informal planting schemes

Plant details

In depth plant information

Property Value
Plant type Ornamental shrub
Flower colour
Foliage colour
Typically available March - September
Season of interest Spring, Summer, Autumn
Flowering May - May
Evergreen No
Plant height 150 cm - 250 cm
Plant width 250 cm - 400 cm
Fragrant flowers No
Hazardous No
Attracts bees Yes
Attracts butterflies No
Plant height in 5 years 250 cm
Medicinal No
Hardiness zone (?) H7

Will perform best in these conditions

Property Value
Soil type Chalk, Clay, Sand, Loam
Light exposure Full sun, Part shade
Soil drainage Well drained, Moist
Planting instructions

Water the plant in its pot thoroughly before planting – give it a good soaking. Prepare the area by digging a hole twice the size of the pot. Dig compost into the base of the hole. Remove the pot and position the plant in the hole, with the top of the rootball about level with the surrounding soil. Refill the planting hole with a mixture of garden soil and compost, firming as you go. Water in well and keep well watered during the plant's first year.

Planting site Cottage garden, Informal garden, Flower border and beds

Typically available

From March to September