Cornus Sericea ‘Hedgerows Gold’, also known as variegated red-twigged Dogwood, is beautiful and versatile - it’ll grow in almost any garden! There are four coercive reasons for growing it…
It never loses its beauty - even in Winter
In Spring, golden-yellow buds appear on eye-catching, crimson-red stems. In Summer, the buds open to display flat, pure white heads of flowers which complements the golden and green variegated foliage. As Autumn progresses, the leaves develop a rose-pink cast before turning bright red and eventually falling off. It’s minimalist appearance in Winter creates an impression of elegance as its vibrant red stems contrast against the dull background of your Winter garden.
It’s very easy to grow
Cornus Sericea will grow in damp or wet soils, making it an excellent contribution next to a pond. Yet, despite this, it is surprisingly tolerant of dry conditions. Hedgerows Gold isn’t fussy, clay, sandy, chalky or acidic soil will all help produce a wonderful, healthy plant. It thrives in sun or shade too, but the stems and leaves form a stronger colour in the sun.
It’s great for attracting wildlife to your garden
There are several species of Dogwoods, yet all of them are renowned for their unique coloured twigs, ranging from yellow to orange to red. The different species all have something in common, this being that they produce late Spring to Summer flowers that supply butterflies and bees with copious amounts of nectar and pollen.
Maintenance is minimal
The maintenance of Cornus Sericea is minimal once established, there are two schools of thought for pruning to enhance the red colouration of the stems. The first method is removing one third of the plant each Spring to eliminate the oldest branches, as it is the newest stems which display the most vibrant colouration. The next method is ideal for the lazy gardener, it involves rejuvenating the entire plant every three years by removing all of the branches to within 8” of the ground. The new growth which will be visible the following fall will display vivid red stems.