Cornus sericea

Creek Dogwood

Plant Type: Tree
Sun: Partial Shade, Shade, Sun
Drainage: Medium
Water: Regular
Height X Width: 12' X 12'
Santa Clara County Local: Yes
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Creek dogwood is as common in California as it is in the rest of North America. It is found in wet areas where it grows as an expanding patch of upright stems with an attractive red hue. The winter deciduous leaves are medium green and cover the plant quite thickly. The umbels of white flowers appear in the summer and are followed by clusters of waxy white fruit. The luxurious habit of creek dogwood supports a wide array of wildlife. It accepts a variety of soil types and sun exposures. Plant with the expectation that a single plant will form a thicket over time, somewhat like bamboo.


Deer Resistant: No
Attractive to Bees: Yes
Attractive to Butterflies: Yes
Good Under Oaks: Yes
Evergreen or Deciduous: Deciduous