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Cornus sericea 'Kelseyi'

Redosier Dogwood

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Cornus sericea ‘Kelseyi’ (syn. ​Swida sericea ​'Kelseyi') – 'Kelseyi' is an older form not commonly offered in commerce. Low-growing, it forms an impressive shrub facing down taller background shrubs or trees. It can be used as a low rising casual hedge. Winter wood is a dark earthy red-brown-purple. Fall color is a ruddy bronze to red-purple. 'Kelseyi' is handsome in all four season. 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



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. They are indispensable in a garden with almost all species and cultivars sporting four seasons of interest. Many exhibit richly-colored winter wood, attractive flowers and pretty berries in blue or white. Most offer terrific fall foliage color. The cultivars that offer gorgeous winter bark are especially well-used as background to lower growing evergeens or as foreground shrubs set before conifers, their stem colors glowing in winter against a backdrop of green, black-green, yellow or blue. All that produce flowers and fruit are very fine choices for the wildlife enthusiast. The trees provide nesting spots. When shrubs are grouped together these also provide nesting opportunities for some species of sparrows and even catbirds among others. The trees and shrubs provide nectar for bees and many other pollinators when in flower. Birds relish the late season fruits. All prefer fertile soils that retain some moisture between rain events. All of our offerings are cutting grown.