Roughleaf Dogwood

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The pretty native Roughleaf Dogwood shrub (Cornus drummondii) is also known as Rough-leaved Dogwood and widely regarded for its textured green foliage, star-shaped blooms, and ornamental white berries for three seasons of beauty within the landscape! You can choose if your ornamental becomes a shrub or multi-stemmed tree with training!

Flowering in May-June, the yellowish-white clusters of flowers are borne in dense clusters and are comprised of tiny flowers! These pretty blooms provide nectar for pollinators and beneficial insects in addition to accenting your landscape beautifully!

Fall explodes with great fall color and ornamental white fruit clusters. Migrating birds will make a pit stop to feast on the fruit and you'll love using the berry-laden branches in fall dcor! Once winter arrives, you'll be treated to the textured gray-brown bark with shallow grooves and plates, while revealing the canopy.

Planting and Application:

Roughleaf Dogwood are beautiful accents to plant around decks, patios, and foundation plantings. Pull up a lawn chair or garden bench to enjoy the pollinators and songbirds fluttering among these native shrubs' branches!

Plant where the gutters drain to create a Rain Garden that slows water and filters runoff. These shrubs colonize by suckers when allowed, thriving in their native environments throughout moist woodlands, and along streams and ponds. Let form thickets for naturalizing areas or as erosion control.

Growing 8 to 15 feet in height and width, hedges and mixed shrub borders. Creating easy-care habitat and birds cover, use as shelterbelts, screening, or windbreaks that also bump up the curb appeal!

  • Showy Fragrant Flower Clusters
  • Great Cut Flowers & Pollinator-Friendly
  • Wildlife Cover, Nesting & Protection
  • Rounded Thicket-Forming Cold-Hardy Shrubs
  • Rain Gardens, Naturalizing, Butterfly & Cottage Gardens

#ProPlantTips for Care:

Plant in full sun in moist, cool climates, or part to full shade in hot growing zones or drier locations. Dogwood shrubs are well-known for their moist to wet soil tolerance but can also be quite low water usage once established! Plant with Nature Hills Root Booster and a 3-4 inch deep layer of mulch to support the root system for the life of the shrub! Easily train as a small tree or hedgerow with pruning and renewal prune every 3-5 years to maintain flowering and fruiting vigor.

  • Mulch in Hot Climates & Full Sun
  • Thrives in Wet Soils As Well As Average Conditions
  • Widely Adaptable - Alkaline, Clay, Dry, Wet & Cold
  • Prune When Dormant
  • Hardy & Adaptable Native Shrub or Tree

The fantastic native shrub, the Roughleaf Dogwood is a versatile and easy-going plant with four seasons of interest! Find these and more pollinator and bird-friendly plants to support your ecosystem at Nature Hills Nursery!

Buying Options for Plants

Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.

Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!

Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.

  • Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
  • Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.

Nature Hills Container Size by Volume

Keep in mind, specific varieties and different growing conditions can affect the rate at which plants grow. Variations in size may occur.

Young Plants to 18 Months
Size Volume
2"x2"x3" Ranges from .18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume
4.5" Container Equal to .65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
Sprinter Pot Equal to .63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume
4" Container Ranges from .31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume
6" Container Equal to 1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume
1 Quart Equal to 1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume
5.5" Container Equal to 1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x5" Ranges from .8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x6" Ranges from 1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x9" Ranges from 1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x10" Ranges from 1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume
Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old
Size Volume
2 Quart Equal to 2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume
#1 Container Ranges from 2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume
5"x5"x12" Equal to 3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume
Plants 2 - 4 Years Old
Size Volume
#2 Container Ranges from 1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume
#3 Container Ranges from 2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume
Plants 3 - 5 Years Old
Size Volume
#5 Container Ranges from 2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume
#6 Container Ranges from 5.25 to 6.01 dry gallons / 23.12 to 26.42 dry liters in volume
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

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At Nature Hills we handle, package and ship the products you order with the utmost care to ensure healthy delivery. Shipping and handling charges are calculated based on the tables below. Please note that some items include an additional handling surcharge, these will be noted on the item's product page.

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0 - 19.99 24.99
20 - 49.99 29.99
50 - 69.99 34.99
70 - 99.99 39.99
100 - 129.99 44.99
130 - 149.99 48.99
150 - 150+ Approx 28%

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Roughleaf Dogwood Is Suited to Grow in Zones 5 - 8
Growing Zones 5 - 8
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Cornus drummondii
Type Deciduous
Mature Height 6 - 12 Feet
Mature Spread 6 - 12 Feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun, Partial Shade
Soil Adaptable to Most Soil
Moisture Medium
Growth Rate Medium
Flower Color White
Fall Color Yellow, Red, Burgundy / Purple
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Pruning Time Early Spring
Fragrant Yes