Cornus sericea

Tracheophyta MagnoliopsidaCornaceaeCornusCornus sericea


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.



World Distribution

Native of N. America; closely related to the Eurasian C. alba.

Broad Habitats

Light (Ellenberg): 6

Moisture (Ellenberg): 7

Reaction (Ellenberg): 5

Nitrogen (Ellenberg): 6


Salt Tolerance (Ellenberg): 0

January Mean Temperature (Celsius): 3.5

July Mean Temperature (Celsius): 15

Annual Precipitation (mm): 936

Life form information

Height (cm): 300

Perennation - primary


Life Form - primary


Life Form - secondary

Mega-, meso- and microphanerophyte



Clonality - primary

Little or no vegetative spread

Clonality - secondary

Shortly creeping and rooting at nodes

Comment on Clonality

"Mode of spread apparently similar to that of Solanum dulcamara, but personal observation would be useful"

Distribution information

Count of 10km squares in Great Britain: 421

Count of 10km squares in Ireland: 111

Count of 10km squares in the Channel Isles: 0

Weighted Changed Factor: 74

Weighted Change Factor Confidence (90%)


Distribution information

JNCC Designations


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.

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