Cornus sericea 'Kelseyi'

Redosier Dogwood

Plant Type:


Cornus sericea ‘Kelseyi’ (syn. ​Swida sericea ​'Kelseyi') – ​Buy individually or buy 5 pots as 1 unit, save money and cover some ground! 'Kelseyi' is an older form not commonly offered in commerce. Low-growing, it forms an impressive shrub facing-down taller background shrubs. Winter wood is a dark earthy red-brown-purple. Fall color is a ruddy bronze to red-purple. This is a colonizing plant that can be utilized as a large scale ground cover. Many stems, where they touch the soil, will eventually form roots; so, this is a self-layering shrub that will gradually extend the breadth of the colony. The foliage is susceptible to leaf spotting but then all dogwoods more or less are; if viewing from the distance you won't even see the spotting. And the anthracnose which is ubiquitous is only more noticeable during really wet summers. Drier weather = less spotting. Site ‘Kelsyi’ in plenty of sun planted in fertile draining soil. Established potted shrub, cutting grown.

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24-30 in


Item Description Price  
CORNSEKE Cornus sericea 'Kelseyi' (5 inch Square x 6 inch Tall - 2 quarts / 1.8927 liters) $26.00
CORNSEKE Cornus sericea 'Kelseyi' (2 quart) 5 pots = 1 unit $100.00

Characteristics and Attributes for Cornus sericea 'Kelseyi'

Season of Interest (Flowering)

  • Spring

Season of Interest (Foliage)

  • Spring / Summer / Autumn

Interesting Bark

  • Colored
  • Smooth

Autumn Interest

  • Autumn Leaf Color

Nature Attraction

  • Honey Bees & Native Bees
  • Songbirds


  • Full Sun
  • Mostly Sunny


  • Foundation
  • Border
  • Rock Garden
  • Edging
  • Shrub Border
  • Ground Cover
  • Hedge
  • Hedgerow

Growth Rate in the Garden

  • Medium


  • Draining
  • Fertile


  • Europe

Propagated By

  • Cutting Grown

Genus Overview: Cornus

Cornus. The Dogwoods come in many sizes – low growing shrubs to rounded trees. Many have beautiful winter wood, beautiful flowers and berries for wildlife. Most have terrific fall foliage color. They are indispensable in a garden with almost all species and cultivars sporting 4 seasons of interest. All prefer fertile soils that retain some moisture between rainfalls. Many if not all are a presently a botanical Latin taxonomic tangle. In fact, taxonomists have been very busy renaming both trees and shrubs to the point that they have managed to do to Dogwoods what they foisted upon Asters. For the nursery owner the outcome is nothing but a monstrous tangle of confusion for nurseries and customers alike. And as much as I rail against common names I now use the word "aster" as I utilize "dogwood" for the sake and ease of lubricated communication. Ours are being offered under monikers that are currently embraced by most folks in the industry but followed parenthetically with the swanky new names foisted upon us all by the taxonomists... those elusive, ghostly beings who secretly impose as do the FISA court judges in the U.S. (Uh oh, they've begun an FBI folder on me!!!) We take many of our cues from the esteemed Michael Dirr... not regarding FISA courts or the FBI. You know what I mean. All of our offerings are cutting grown.