Bailey Red Twigged Dogwood (Cornus sericea ‘Baileyi’)

Bailey Red Twigged Dogwood

If you need an amazing, tall hedge quickly, you’ll want to be sure to study this incredible cultivar of native Redosier Dogwood. With flame-red winter stems, Bailey Red Twigged Dogwood (Cornus sericea ‘Baileyi’) is a popular choice to add winter interest to your landscape. You’ll appreciate its good looks in spring, summer, and fall, as well.

This fast-growing shrub reaches its mature height and spread in just a few short years. Bailey really delivers a more compact and less spreading form than the native Redosier. Soothing green foliage fills out the plant from top to bottom in spring and summer. For fall color, the leaves darken into the deep, delicious shade of Cabernet wine. But you know that it’s after the leaves drop when the real show starts.

Even though its main attraction is its winter appeal, this lively Dogwood has a lot to offer year-round. Clusters of flat-topped, milky-white flowers appear in spring and bring butterflies to your landscape. In late summer, porcelain-blue berries develop into pure, white fruit. Get ready to start tracking the number of local songbirds in your yard. In fact, this shrub is the favored nesting place of American Goldfinches. They love eating the small berries.

Brightest in full sun, the young stems glow an amazing fire-engine red. It looks fantastic against the white, winter snow. The bold, red bark on the Bailey Red Twigged Dogwood makes winter a lot less dreary. This plant has an amazing winter appeal!

This was an early introduction to the popular native Redosier Dogwood, which grows throughout North America. Realizing the significance of this plant in the landscape, growers and hybridists set out to find the best consistency in colorful stems, profusion of flowers, and rapid growth.

Planting and Application:

It is perfect for a shady spot, near a tree line, or on the north side of a house. It will also do equally well in full sun as a hedge or in a group. You’ll love the lush privacy! Try growing your Dogwood naturally without any shearing for an informal and easy-to-care-for display!

Use this plant for erosion control on irrigated hillsides or near stream beds or ponds. Plant in mass as a fill plant. This is a great accent shrub for Rain Gardens, water retention swales, or low spots that drain well, but collect lots of water during the winter.

These fast-growing shrubs can be used in many garden applications. Try a single specimen on the front lawn. Add 3, 5, or 7 in a loose, zig-zagging informal planting on a raised berm. They’ll add a tremendous amount of interest in winter, and look great for you all year long.

Run a hedge along the length of your property line to boost the height of existing fencing. You’ll be amazed how quickly you can achieve a beautiful privacy screen. For a solid screen, plant 5 feet apart on center. You’ll measure from the center of one to the center of the next.

The branches are very popular in floral arrangements and look great in winter décor. Add to your Cutting Garden as a pretty backdrop so you have plenty of material on hand to use in holiday decorations.

  • Vibrant Bright Red Winter Stems from Winter to Early Spring
  • Multi-Stemmed Deciduous Shrub With Dark Green Leaves
  • White Flowers Bloom in Spring & Bring Butterflies
  • Small Berries Attract Birds
  • Reddish-Purple Fall Color & Red Winter Interest
  • Summer Screen, Privacy, Specimens, Hedges & Accents

Tips for Care:

Also known as Redtwig, Bailey’s Dogwood shrubs are deciduous, rounded, easy-care shrub that is extremely versatile in terms of soil adaptability and sun. This Dogwood loves moist, rich, well-drained soil (like so many plants do). They also tolerate soils that can be wet on occasion after heavy rains. Bailey Red Twigged is very easy to grow and simple to maintain. Bailey Red Twigged Dogwood has a nice fibrous root system that is not aggressive, so feel free to use this near your house or by water.

Top these roots with a 3-4 inch thick layer of mulch for insulation and moisture retention. Mulch will also keep the soil from splashing up onto the foliage. After all, you’ll want to enjoy the show! Use mulch to keep the foliage clean and fresh looking. Prune in the late winter and early spring to manage its size and keep the growth vigorous, plus renewal pruning every 3-5 years.

  • Full Sun & Partial Shade
  • Moderate Moisture to Occasional Wet
  • Enriched Well-Drained Soil
  • Prune in Late Winter/Early Spring
  • Very Cold Resistant & Easy to Grow

Bailey Red Twigged Dogwood (Cornus sericea ‘Baileyi’) Details

Common name Bailey Red Twigged Dogwood
Botanical name Cornus sericea 'Baileyi'
Plant type Deciduous
Hardiness zone 3-9
Growth rate Medium
Height 8 - 10 ft.
Width 8 - 10 ft.
Sunlight Full Sun, Partial Shade
Moisture Medium
Soil condition Well Drained
Pollinator-friendly Yes
Pruning time Late Winter
Flower color White