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Isanti Dogwood

Cornus sericea

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Isanti Dogwood. Dark red branches with green leaves

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Do you want a shrub that offers year-round appeal? The Isanti dogwood might be the best choice for your landscape. This deciduous shrub is known for its eye-catching charm and stunning winter colors. If you want a shrub that can stand out in your property, make sure to select the Isanti dogwood.

Plant Attributes

There are several features that you will love about this shrub. In the spring, you will notice petite, white flowers that form in clusters. As the four-inch leaves start to take shape, this dogwood gives your space an attractive summer look. The leaves of this shrub begin to turn into a dark, rich red color for the fall. After the flowers are finished, blue-tinted, white drupes form on the branches and make an excellent snack for your local birds.

While this shrub looks stunning throughout the year, it really shines in the winter. During this time, the Isanti dogwood provides vibrant colors of red, and it makes the perfect centerpiece in that freshly fallen snow.

Landscape Use

If you have a woodland garden, this dogwood is a perfect selection. It blends naturally within your outdoor space. This is a must-have shrub for those who want a touch of dramatic color during the fall and winter. Since it loves moist conditions, you can even add it to those wet spots in your landscape where other plants have failed.

The Isanti dogwood makes an excellent screen or small hedge. You can use this shrub to border your property. For a great showy look, these shrubs perform well in mass plantings, especially in the wintertime. If you have some areas with erosion issues, then these dogwoods can add more stability to the area.

Since these shrubs love water, Isanti dogwoods make a perfect addition along a stream or water garden. You can enjoy visits from butterflies and birds throughout the year. The butterflies will sip on the flowers’ nectar as the birds love the white berries.

You don’t have to leave the dogwood’s color outside during the winter. Make sure to cut off a few twigs for a floral arrangement to provide a boost for your holiday decor. Wherever you plant this shrub, it will become a natural head-turner.

Planting & Care

This dogwood variety is a multi-stemmed, fast-growing shrub. It can reach a height of five feet and has a seven-foot spread. When compared to other dogwoods, it is more compact. The Isanti dogwood is very tolerant of various soils, and it can even thrive in boggy environments. It does well in USDA hardiness zones 2 to 8.

The Isanti dogwood loves the shade or full sun. If you want the best color from your shrub, it needs to be planted in a sunny spot. This dogwood loves moisture, and you will want to grow it in areas that receive plenty of water. The Isanti dogwood requires water regularly. For a healthier plant, this dogwood needs fertilization in the spring.

This hardy shrub only needs a little care from you. The Isanti dogwood is a low-maintenance plant that can thrive in most spaces. Under optimal conditions, you can expect this dogwood to live up to 20 years.

For the most part, the dogwood looks best when it has a natural shape. However, if you want a more manicured look, it can be pruned. You should prune the shrub in the late winter or early spring. On this schedule, the new twigs will be ready for the following winter.

The Isanti dogwood makes an excellent plant for those areas with erosion issues. The plant does grow with the help of underground suckers. If those suckers get out of control, you can contain them with a spade for removal. While this dogwood is durable, it can be susceptible to leaf and twig blights. You should also look out for infestations of leaf miners, bagworms, and scale.

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If you want a tough shrub for your landscape, then the Isanti dogwood has it all. You can enjoy the white flowers, vibrant green foliage, and stunning fall colors throughout your landscape. However, the dogwood shines in the winter with its dark red leaves and branches. This shrub is an attention-grabber at any time of the year.

Do you want to add this beauty to your inventory? Arbor Valley Nursery is here to help. We have a large selection of shrubs, including the Isanti dogwood. If you want more information about these dogwoods, make sure to fill out the contact form.

Plant Features

  • Watering Needs: Needs regular watering – weekly
  • Botanical Pronunciation: KOR-nus ser-E-se-a
  • Plant type: Shrub
  • Deciduous/evergreen: Deciduous
  • Growth rate: Fast
  • Average landscape size: Quickly reaches 6 ft. tall and wide.
  • Special features: Bird Friendly, Compact Form, Dramatic Foliage Color, Fall Color, Fast Growing, North American Native Selection, Showy Fruit, Year-round Interest
  • Dramatic Foliage: petite, white flowers that form in clusters
  • Foliage color: Green
  • Blooms: Spring
  • Flower color: White
  • Flower attributes: Showy Flowers
  • Garden style: Contemporary, Rustic
  • Design Ideas: An excellent choice for the perennially damp spot in the garden.
  • Companion Plants: Chokeberry (Aronia); Summersweet (Clethra); Japanese Sweet Flag (Acorus); Sweetspire (Itea); Turtlehead (Chelone)

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