At Native Forest Nursery we grow bare root seedlings and #3 container trees. Our container trees are grown in a #3 air pruned pot. This root making container eliminates nearly all potential for root wrapping. This allows for an excellent root structure and delivers an extremely healthy tree. The bare root seedlings at our nursery are grown in a sandy loam soil with high organic matter content, which provides an extremely healthy environment for our seedlings. Our bare root liners and seedlings are hand lifted, packaged, and kept in cold storage until you are ready to plant. Conservation uses for our products include reclamation, mitigation, reforestation, restoration, wildlife habitat improvement and wetland uses. Horticultural uses for our products include field liners, container liners, landscape plantings, budding stock, grafting stock and ornamental uses.

Family: Cornaceae
Latin Name: Cornus sericea
Foliage: Medium green
Fall Foliage: Bright red to purple
Bloom: White
Bloom Time: May to June
Shape: Round
Bark: Red to gray
Sun: Full sun to part shade
Zone: Zone 2 to Zone 8
Size: 10 to 6 feet
Spread: 12 to 8 feet
Care: Medium to wet, well drained soil

Perhaps the most easily distinguished of all the dogwood species—and certainly the most red—the Red Osier Dogwood is cherished for its versatility, hardiness, fibrous roots and branches, and its rich scarlet stems. Particularly in the winter, the Red Osier provides a refreshing, unexpected, and vibrant surprise of color. It can grow across a wide spectrum of conditions, becoming all the more user-friendly and attractive for its market of landscapers, gardeners, and homeowners.

Scientifically termed Cornus Sericea, the Red Osier Dogwood is another member of the Cornaceae family, and is native throughout nearly all of the United States and Canada. With a 2-8 hardiness zone rating, it is particularly widespread in the northern and central portion of the United States, with a limited appearance in the warmer southeastern states. While an extremely adaptable and tolerant plant in general, the deciduous Red Osier Dogwood thrives in medium to wet, well-drained soils and in full sun to partial shade. Its rounded crown can reach a height of 6-10 ft.; given a span of 8-12 ft., however, it is typically wider than it is high.

Like most other species of its family, the Red Osier Dogwood is characterized by its reddish-gray bark, the inner bark of which was once prized in the tobacco mixtures of Native Americans. Its green foliage—silky soft, as implied by the Latin epithet Sericea which means “silky”—brightens to spectacular shades of reddish-purple in the fall. In May and June, the Gray Dogwood’s small white flowers blossom in clusters, which are later replaced by summer’s gleaming and sour blue-white berries. The Red Osier Dogwood’s wood is pliable and soft, popularly used for basket-making and for the creation of dream catchers, which originated from the Potawatomi Indians. The most astounding feature of the Red Osier Dogwood is its stems, colored a bright green in the summer, then stained a bright scarlet that persists throughout the winter months. The vibrancy of this red hue intensifies in the sunlight. Ornamental, fruitful, and hardy, it’s no surprise that the Red Osier Dogwood is an extremely popular landscaping choice.

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