Cornus Stolonifera Kelseyi is a small deciduous dogwood with bright red winter stems and lush green summer foliage. It’s a good choice when full-size dogwoods are too large.
Dogwoods are native to Europe, Asia and America. The cultivar Kelseyi is native to the USA. It’s a smaller dwarf version of our standard dogwoods but has the characteristics of its cousins. Tiny creamy-white flowers appear in late spring which mature into white berries The foliage is green and oval-shaped forming shrubby upright leaves that turn orange and fall with the frosts. In winter its bare branches are multi-coloured stems of yellow-green with fiery red tips that gradually deepen to redder shades.
This is a handy good value shrub that doesn’t outgrow its welcome and provides a splash of fiery winter colour year after year.
Height And Spread of Cornus Stolonifera Kelseyi This is a dwarf dogwood that reaches a height of 75 cms and spreads over 1.5 metres. Dogwood Kelseyi produces suckers that spread, but it’s simple to remove these to keep a more compact width.
How Hardy Is Cornus Stolonifera Kelseyi Dwarf Dogwood Kelseyi is hardy and able to withstand the harshest of winters if the roots are well-drained. Dogwoods rarely attract pests and tolerate drought once established.
How To Use Cornus Stolonifera Kelseyi Dwarf Dogwood Kelseyi is a low maintenance dwarf shrub with a variety of uses. It fills gaps in the border and looks good in rock gardens or gravel gardens.
Compact gardens in need of bright year-round colour should consider a swathe of this small dogwood. You can also grow Kelseyi as a well-watered and fed pot plant to brighten up a bare winter deck.
How To Care for Cornus Stolonifera Kelseyi Once established Dogwood Kelseyi is self-sufficient. Plant it in a sunny to partially shady spot. It’s not particular about soil type as long as it is well-drained.
To produce the brightest winter stems dogwoods should be cut to the ground in early spring leaving three buds visible. This encourages fresh red stems and removes the older branches that turn brown.