A deciduous shrub naturalised in woodland and along riversides, sometimes suckering to produce extensive thickets; also much planted in parkland, amenity plantings and on roadsides and sometimes occurs as an escape on waste ground and marginal land. Lowland.
C. sericea was cultivated in Britain by 1683. It was known from the wild by at least 1905 and is now well-naturalised in many places. It is probably increasing.
Native of N. America; closely related to the Eurasian C. alba.
Height (cm): 300
Perennation - primary
Life Form - primary
Life Form - secondary
Clonality - primary
Clonality - secondary
Comment on Clonality
PLANTATT - Attributes of British and Irish plants. (.zip 1455KB) This dataset was compiled and published in 2004, and last updated in November 2008. Download includes an Excel spreadsheet of the attributes, and a PDF explaining the background and nomenclature. Note that the PDF version is the booklet as published, whereas the Excel spreadsheet incorporates subsequent corrections. A hardcopy can be purchased from the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology.
Atlas text references
1970. Trees and shrubs hardy in the British Isles, edn 8, I. A-C.
1986. Atlas of north European vascular plants north of the Tropic of Cancer. 3 vols.
1990. Cornus sericea L. in Ireland: an incipient weed of wetlands. Watsonia. 18:33-36.
1978. Vergleichende Chorologie der zentraleuropäischen Flora. Volume 2. 2 vols.