Kelsey's Dwarf Dogwood
Kelsey’s Dwarf Dogwood

Kelsey’s Dwarf Dogwood


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Low-growing groundcover, Kelsey’s Dwarf Dogwood (Cornus sericea ‘Kelseyi’) isn’t a tree. Instead, this great little Dogwood is a low-growing shrub that nicely fills in as a groundcover! Like its bigger cousins, Kelsey Dwarf blooms in the spring, but only small clusters of white flowers that butterflies adore. These quickly turn to small berries that the birds will happily pick clean for you.
The lush green leaves quickly cover the shrub making a nice 2 – 3 foot tall rounded plant. Grow several together and you’ll have a low, thick mat of green all summer! Then the Kelsey Dwarf really shines in winter! Once the leave has turned yellow and fallen off the bush, you are left with dramatic red twigs that fire up your landscape. These are especially attractive when you have multiples planted side by side.
Highly adaptable and versatile deciduous shrubs, Kelsey Dwarf Dogwood thrives throughout 4-8 and only grows 2-3 feet in height and width. You’ll enjoy the berries and colorful winter stems for winter interest and food for your songbirds!
Planting and Application:Kelsey’s Dwarf Dogwood is one of a handful of shrubs that actually prefers moist to wet soil, so use it in those challenging wet areas in your yard. Add a row as edging and facer plants in a Rain Garden or in a corner garden where the gutters drain. This showy Dogwood selection is an outstanding plant to use for naturalizing. Use an odd number in a loose grouping scattered along the edge of a prairie or throughout a woodland garden, or as erosion control on a hillside or hard-to-mow slope.
You can use Kelsey’s in small-space gardens as an accent plant, as a low-growing hedge, or as a container plant, too! The lovely foliage, flowers, and berries stand out in the sun all season long!
Repeat along the length of a perennial border for an excellent edging, or wind throughout a garden as an effective living groundcover. You’ll gain wonderful winter interest and structure through the dormant season. The bright red stems look incredible with small evergreen shrubs to hold up your design through the winter.
White Lacy Flowers in Spring
Red Twigs in Winter
White Berries Attract Birds
Gorgeous Reddish Tinged Green Leaves
Groundcover, Living Mulch, Low-Growing Definition & Edging
#ProPlantTips for Care:Dogwood shrubs are super hardy, and these cultivars are very versatile. They can be planted in full sun or part shade, but you’ll get the best color in full sun. They tolerate just about any soil, including areas that stay damp. Try them in those challenging wet areas and watch them thrive. 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.
Pruning can be done in the fall as your source for cut material. Use the cut stems for your containers and urns for winter decoration. You can also prune anytime during the winter or early spring before the new growth starts. The best way to keep Dogwood colorful is to renewal prune them. In fall, cut the oldest thickest stems right out at the ground level. You’ll leave the thinner, younger stems in place. These are the stems that exhibit the best winter display.
Grows in Full Sun
Adaptable to a Wide Range of Soils
Tolerates Average to Moist Conditions
Prune Late Winter/Eary Spring
Deer Don’t Prefer the Taste
Extremely Cold Hardy & Deer Tend to Leave it Alone
This Dwarf Dogwood will make a striking addition to your landscape, especially in the winter. Order several Kelsey’s Dwarf Dogwood today from Nature Hills for gorgeous groundcover!
Frequently Asked QuestionsHow fast does Kelsey’s Dwarf Dogwood grow?
The Kelsey’s Dwarf Dogwood shrub is a medium-growth rate and can add about a foot or so of new growth each growing season.
Is Kelsey’s Dwarf Dogwood fragrant?
The Kelsey’s Dwarf Dogwood does have fragrant blossoms!
How big does Kelsey’s Dwarf Dogwood get?
The Kelsey’s Dwarf Dogwood can reach 2 – 3 feet in height and wide in optimal conditions.
Will Kelsey’s Dwarf Dogwood grows in full sun?
The Kelsey’s Dwarf Dogwood grows in full sun and does not do well in shade.
Is Kelsey’s Dwarf Dogwood good for wildlife?
The Kelsey’s Dwarf Dogwood is a fantastic wildlife shrub and it’s a pollinator-friendly native that feeds birds with its fruit and is even a caterpillar host plant.
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