Cornus sericea ‘Flaviramea’
Cornus sericea ‘Flaviramea’ is part of the Cornaceae family of plants. They also call it the Golden-Twig Dogwood, Yellow Twig Dogwood, Green-stemmed Dogwood, or Cornus stolonifera ‘Flaviramea’. It is a deciduous shrub. Cornus sericea is native to North America. Cornus sericea ‘Flaviramea’ is a species that has yellow stems rather than the usual red stems.
They are ideal shrubs for near ponds or streams. Cornus sericea ‘Flaviramea’ grows to about 8ft or 2.4m tall. It is a fast grower. The foliage is dark green and ovate. In late spring, it flowers. Flowers are creamy-white, grow in small clusters and attract butterflies. After flowering, it will produce white berries which are popular with birds. The leaves turn bright colors of red and orange in autumn and later after the leaves fall it is the color of the stems which stands out.
How to grow Cornus sericea ‘Flaviramea’:
Sunlight: Cornus sericea ‘Flaviramea’ thrives in full sun to light shade. It is important to provide it with adequate sunlight, as the intensity of sunlight directly influences the winter color of its stems, which is a prominent feature of this plant.
Pruning: While pruning is not necessary for the overall health of Cornus sericea ‘Flaviramea’, it can be beneficial for maintaining the best winter color and controlling its spread. To encourage vibrant stem color, prune annually by cutting back one-third of the oldest stems to ground level in late winter or early spring. This stimulates new growth, which produces the brightest winter stems. Additionally, if the plant starts to spread beyond its desired boundaries, you can use a spade to reduce its size.
Soil: Plant Cornus sericea ‘Flaviramea’ in any type of soil that is organically rich, moist to wet, and well-drained. This plant is adaptable and can tolerate a range of soil conditions, including clay and loam. However, it prefers soil that retains moisture without becoming waterlogged.
Disease and Pest Resistance: Cornus sericea ‘Flaviramea’ is generally disease-free and pest-free. It is known for its resilience and ability to resist most common diseases and pests. However, it’s always a good practice to monitor the plant for any signs of issues and take appropriate action if necessary.
Cornus sericea ‘Flaviramea’ is known to be deer resistant. While no plant can be guaranteed to be completely deer-proof, the foliage and stems of this dogwood species are generally unappealing to deer, making it a good choice for landscapes where deer browsing is a concern.
By following these care instructions, you can successfully grow and maintain Cornus sericea ‘Flaviramea’ in your garden. Providing the right balance of sunlight, well-drained soil, occasional pruning for winter stem color and spread control, and monitoring for any potential issues will help ensure the plant’s health and beauty.
Also, read about Cornus controversial or Cornus kousa, or Cornus capitata.