• AGM plants

    AGM plants have been through a rigorous trial and assessment programme. They are:

    • Excellent for ordinary use in appropriate conditions
    • Available to buy
    • Of good constitution
    • Essentially stable in form & colour
    • Reasonably resistant to pests & diseases

Cornus sericea 'Bud's Yellow'

red osier dogwood 'Bud's Yellow'

  • Other common names red osier dogwood 'Bud's Yellow'

  • Synonyms Cornus alba 'Buds Yellow'
    Cornus stolonifera 'Budd's Yellow'

  • Family Cornaceae

  • Genus Cornus can be deciduous shrubs or trees, or creeping, woody-based perennials, some with brightly coloured young stems. Tiny flowers are borne in dense clusters, sometimes with showy bracts. Many have fine autumn colour

  • Details 'Bud's Yellow' is a vigorous, deciduous, suckering shrub, up to 2.5m high, with yellow-green stems that are especially bright in winter, and green oval leaves up to 11cm long. Small yellowish-white flowers are borne in clusters, up to 7cm across, in early summer and are followed by round white berries in late summer


  • Foliage Deciduous

  • Habit Suckering

  • Hardiness

    Hardiness ratings

    All ratings refer to the UK growing conditions unless otherwise stated. Minimum temperature ranges (in degrees C) are shown in brackets

    • H1a - Under glass all year (>15C)
    • H1b - Can be grown outside in the summer (10 - 15)
    • H1c - Can be grown outside in the summer (5 - 10)
    • H2 - Tolerant of low temperatures, but not surviving being frozen (1 to 5)
    • H3 - Hardy in coastal and relatively mild parts of the UK (-5 to 1)
    • H4 - Hardy through most of the UK (-10 to -5)
    • H5 - Hardy in most places throughout the UK even in severe winters (-15 to -10)
    • H6 - Hardy in all of UK and northern Europe (-20 to -15)
    • H7 - Hardy in the severest European continental climates (< -20)




  • Full Sun

  • Partial Shade

  • Aspect South-facing or West-facing or East-facing or North-facing

  • Exposure Sheltered or Exposed


  • Clay


  • Loam


  • Chalk


  • Sand


  • MoistureMoist but well-drained, Poorly-drained

  • SoilClay, Loam, Chalk, Sand

  • pHAcid, Alkaline, Neutral


  • Ultimate height 1.5-2.5 metres

  • Ultimate spread 1.5-2.5 metres

  • Time to ultimate height 5-10 years

How to grow

Cultivation Grow in full sun or partial shade; can thrive in damp conditions where other shrubs might fail, and tolerant of a wide range of soils, but prefers humus-rich and consistently moist, well-drained soils; for more advice, see cornus cultivation

Propagation Propagate by hardwood cuttings, semi-ripe cuttings, or layering

Suggested planting locations and garden types Flower borders and beds Hedging & Screens Low Maintenance Cottage & Informal Garden Coastal

How to care

Pruning Pruning group 1 (little or no pruning of trees and shrubs) or pruning group 7 (for colourful stems or large foliage)

Pests Generally pest free

Diseases May be affected by honey fungus and phytophthora; 'Bud's Yellow' is said to be resistant to cornus anthracnose, while the species has been found to be affected by this in the United States

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