Variegated Yellow Twig Dogwood
Cornus sericea 'Flaviramea'
Native Variegated Yellow Twig Dogwood
Variegated Yellow Twig Dogwood cultivar that is primarily grown for its bold variegated foliage and its yellow winter stems. Leaves turn yellow in autumn and stems turn bright yellow in winter.
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Ornamental Variegated Yellow Twig Dogwood
Variegated Yellow Twig Dogwood cultivar that is primarily grown for its bold variegated foliage and its yellow winter stems. This is a suckering shrub that typically grows to 5-7’ tall by 6-8’ wide. Leaves (2-4” long) are variegated with irregular creamy white margins. Leaves turn yellow in autumn. Stems turn bright yellow in winter. The beautiful Variegated Yellow Twig Dogwood also known as Silver and Gold is a yellow-twig variant that is primarily grown for its bold variegated foliage and its yellow winter stems. Flowering begins in May and extends into June and sporadically during the summer. Winner of the prestigious Pennsylvania Horticultural Society Gold Medal winner (1990).
History and introduction of Cornus:
Cornus is the Latin word for horn (like a unicorn). The Romans called the dogwood “cornel”, in reference to its wood, which is hard as the horn of a goat and useful for making a great many things. This is also a convenient way to remember the distinct leaf buds of yellow twig dogwood, which are narrow and pointed like horns. The species name sericea means silky, in reference to the fine hairs covering the leaves. The origin of the word “dogwood” itself is not totally settled. It may be a corruption of “dagwood”, from the use of its hard wood in making dags (or daggers). Alternatively, there is some evidence that a concoction of English Cornus leaves was used to treat dog mange in 17th century herbology. C. sericea is also commonly known as redosier dogwood. This may be confusing, since “osier” comes from the medieval term for willow (Salix sp.) In fact, the flexible young branches of C. sericea have long been used for basket weaving, much like the willows that grow in similar stream side thickets. Tidbits: Like most of our native plant species, dogwood has been, and continues to be, valued for its many benefits to humans. An extract made from the leaves, stems and inner bark can be used as an emetic for treating fevers and coughs (and a great many other ailments), and the inner bark scrapings have long been added to tobacco smoking mixtures. The yellow stems not only produce colorful weaving patterns, but can be used to make red, brown and black dyes.