5 to 6 ft.
5 to 6 ft.
species is native to northern North America
sun, part shade
USDA zones 3-8
hardy to 8,000 ft.
Yellow twig dogwood is a medium sized shrub that is grown for its bright yellow stems, which are most visible in winter after the leaves have fallen off.
During the summer, it has medium green leaves and clusters of small white flowers. The flowers turn into white berries later in the summer, which attract birds.
Because this shrub naturally grows at the edges of streams, lakes, ponds, and wetlands, it grows best in a location where it will receive regular moisture.
Yellow twig dogwood has been growing in the moderate water zone at the Xeriscape Demonstration Garden for many years. It is a good choice for adding winter interest to a landscape. The flowers, fruit, and fall leaf color are not as showy as red-twigged varieties, but are still attractive.
The newer branches have the brightest yellow bark during the winter. In spring, prune out some of the older, grey branches to keep the shrub attractive.