Isanti Dogwood (Cornus sericea ‘Isanti’)

Isanti Dogwood

Dwarf red-stemmed Dogwood with year-round appeal! Looking for a standout multi-stemmed deciduous shrub to naturalize, or use as a property line screen? With a plethora of ornamental features, Isanti Dogwood (Cornus sericea ‘Isanti’) delivers year-round appeal!

Petite, white fragrant flowers form in clusters on Isanti in spring. You’ll see butterflies galore, and the blooms keep coming on the new wood into summer. Springs flowers develop into showy white drupes that have a slight blue overcast. Birds come to visit and take the ornamental fall fruit, as well.

All summer, enjoy attractive four-inch, dark green leaves. Isanti Dogwood is dense and well-branched, and the foliage remains lush all the way to the ground. Even when not showing off its winter brilliance, Isanti Dogwood knows how to shine. This shrub has several admirable features throughout the growing season, too. Enjoy an excellent display of fall colors. As the nights get longer, the large leaves burnish into a deep red. Get ready for the compliments come winter!

Isanti Dogwood is a fast-growing, multi-stemmed shrub and stays more compact than other varieties. You’ll enjoy lively red bare stems all winter long in the winter landscape, and in your winter outdoor décor. Hardy throughout USDA growing zones 3 to 8, these are generally hardy shrubs for decades! They’ll require little or no care from you!

Planting and Application:

single specimen of Isanti Dogwood will turn heads! Several of them, planted in a hedge or mass planting, grow into a total show-stoppers! Place these shrubs in a high-profile area. You’ll want to showcase them during the long months of wintertime.

Grow a hedge along the back of your cutting garden. Run a hedge along the length of your driveway to catch blowing snow. Use these to create “right-sized” privacy screens. Add a curved row of five behind your patio furniture or hide your neighbor’s garbage cans. Create a solid screen by planting four feet apart on center. You’ll measure from the center of one to the center of the next.

Faced with a steep slope or embankment down to a creek or stream? Line the sides with a mass planting of Isanti Dogwood. Allow them to colonize freely and slowly naturalize into a wonderful garden feature. Try growing your Dogwood naturally without any shearing for an informal and easy-to-care-for display! You’ll feed butterflies, beneficial pollinators, birds, and your soul.

Add a lot of curb appeal for very little effort. Remove sod and mulch a new kidney-bean-shaped planting bed, then plant an informal grouping in the front lawn. Include Ornamental Grasses and a few low-spreading evergreen shrubs. For a fun look, combine them with Yellow Twig Dogwood.

People absolutely crave these colorful plants and no wonder. There is nothing as bracing as the sight of blood-red stems contrasting against a fresh layer of powder. Snip a few for your own bright to have plenty of cut material for gorgeous seasonal outdoor containers and winter décor.

  • Bright Red Stem Color for Incredible Winter Interest
  • White Flowers in Early Spring are Beloved by Beneficial Pollinators
  • Bold Red Fall Color & White Berries are Relished by Songbirds
  • Stays More Compact Than Other Varieties
  • Controls Erosion on Slopes or Stream Banks
  • Privacy, Specimens, Hedges & Accents

Tips for Care:

Plant Dogwood shrubs in a sunny spot if you want to have the brightest red stems in wintertime. It will also perform in partial shade if the sun is at a premium on your property. You’ll be thrilled with the performance of your shrub is grown in organically rich, well-drained soil. However, this durable shrub is very adaptable to many conditions once it’s established in your soil. Then, it will tolerate soils that periodically stay wet and then dry out during summer. They are tolerant of a variety of soils and don’t mind boggy conditions that stay moist.

While your plant is young, apply a medium amount of regular water for the best results. Protect your investment during extended drought with supplemental water. Apply a three-inch layer of mulch over the root system to keep it nice and cool, and keep the foliage clean from mud splashing during rain.

Do an annual pruning in fall or late winter. You can perform renewal pruning every 3-5 years by removing one-third of the thickest oldest stems at ground level. Leave the vigorous, healthy, young stems for outstanding winter color. Use the trimmings in your seasonal containers!

  • Grows in Full Sun to Part Shade
  • Very Adaptable to a Wide Range of Soils
  • Can Tolerate Swampy or Boggy Conditions with Moist Soils
  • Prune Late Winter/Eary Spring
  • Deer Don’t Prefer the Taste
  • Extremely Cold Hardy

This tough little shrub has it all. Flower and fruit, vibrant green summer foliage, and bright fall color. You’ll even get amazing winter interest! Isanti Dogwood commands attention year-round.

Isanti Dogwood (Cornus sericea ‘Isanti’) Details

Common name Isanti Dogwood
Botanical name Cornus sericea 'Isanti'
Plant type Deciduous
Hardiness zone 3-8
Growth rate Medium
Height 5 - 6 ft.
Width 5 - 6 ft.
Sunlight Full Sun, Partial Shade
Moisture Medium
Soil condition Widely Adaptable
Pollinator-friendly Yes
Pruning time Late Winter
Flower color White