Cornus serica 'Flaviramea'
A shrub Dogwood with excellent rich summer foliage, good fall color and if cut to the ground every spring, the one year old stems maintain an eye-catching yellow-green in the winter. The showy white panicles of late spring flowers turn into an even showier fruit. The flowers attract butterflies and the fruit attracts birds. This plant has a stout constitution and will grow in some of the most inhospitable conditions.
If left to itself, Yellow Twig Dogwood will grow 6-8' high and wide with fine flowers and berry drupe fruit that attracts birds. An alternative is to utilize as a small shrub of about 4' by coppice pruning. Coppice pruning involves cutting a woody plant to ground level every one to two years. While this eliminates the flower and fruit attributes, the stems will provide a fantastic show in the drab winter landscape. The new growth will grow rapidly in the spring allowing you to have a plant with four season appeal.
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