Cornus sericea (Cornus stolonifera)
Common Name: redtwig, creek dogwood
Type: Deciduous Shrub
Size: 12 ft. high and wide.
Flowers: Creamy white flowers in 2 in. clusters summer into fall. Leaves 1.5 to 2.5 in. long, light green. Leaves turn brilliant red in fall, and stems red in winter.
Uses: Screen, filler, showy specimen, color in heat. Tolerates salt spray. Fire resistive.
Wildlife: Butterfly larvae.
Soil: Tolerates a variety.
Water: Medium; warmer inland valleys more.
Sun: Full sun to some shade.
Pruning: Needs pruning to keep looking neat. Prune branches that touch ground; roots that stray. Cut to base one-third of oldest stems each year.
Pests & Diseases: Scale, leaf spot, stem canker.
Notes: Spreads by underground stems and rooting branches. Grows throughout California and north to Alaska; in coldest mountains as well. Hardy to 0° F.