Plant Care Red Osier

Red Osier

Also known as

Western Dogwood, Western Dogwood, Redtwig dogwood, Red osier, Red-osier dogwood, Red brush, red willow, Redstem dogwood and Redtwig dogwood, red-rood, american dogwood, creek dogwood


Cornus sericea

How to care for Red Osier


How often to water your Red Osier

Water needs for Red Osier
0.5 cups
every 9

Red Osier needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Calculate water needs of Red Osier

Water 0.5 cups every

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Finding light for Western Dogwood in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Red Osier: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Red Osier love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

Red Osier does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement of Red Osier in your home 🏡.


How to fertilize Red Osier

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Red Osier: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Red Osier after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

Difficulty Level

Red Osier is generally easy to care for, though some plant parents report facing challenges with growing it. Check out the reviews down below to read more about their experiences!

Water Needs
Sunlight Needs
Growth Pattern
Growing Outdoors

Care Summary for Red Osier

Red Osier

Red Osier

Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 9 days


< 1ft from a window


Repot after 2x growth

Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

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