Red Osier Dogwood Live Stake Cuttings - Cornus Sericea
It may seem hard to believe that creating a dazzling display of perennial color is as easy as poking a stick in the ground, but that's basically how live stakes work. The red osier dogwood live stakes stands out among plants for this method that yields beautiful results with minimal effort. This attractive shrub, Cornus sericea, is very easy to get growing naturally by inserting its live stakes into moist soil or making a hole a couple of feet deep. The planting is done in either late fall or mid-spring while the stakes are still dormant. When the soil warms, these red osier dogwood stakes sprout medium-green leaves and put on a couple of feet of growth each year until forming a rounded shrub up to ten feet tall and fifteen feet wide. A very tough plant, this dogwood species handles fairly acidic or alkaline soils and temperatures down to -50 degrees Fahrenheit. As long as it gets at least four hours of sunlight a day, it’ll thrive. It also doesn’t mind getting its feet wet, so it’s great for low, damp spots in the yard or quick, active stabilization of river banks. Only the driest of soils can be a problem, but regular watering will overcome this obstacle. Once established, the red osier dogwood puts on a show throughout the year that starts by offering dainty white flowers in spring. In summer, thick masses of green leaves that make it a high privacy hedge are joined by white berries that keep local birds well-fed. The green leaves change to purple in fall before giving way to glowing red bark in winter that’s quite striking against gray skies and the snow-covered ground.
This native shrub has yellow or red bark in the Winter. Great for adding color in cold weather months. Commonly found in wetlands this shrub needs plenty of moisture for best results.
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