This is a very hardy dogwood prized for its ornamental bark and fruit. The abundant cherry-like fruit is edible, although it is an acquired taste, and can be made into jelly. Blooms in early spring, shortly after silver maple. It often blooms for several weeks with bright yellow flowers and is commonly confused for a large forsythia, although it blooms much earlier than forsythia. It is visited by many bee species, including the honey bee and early native bees. Because it blooms so early it is an early star in the landscape. This plant has a tendency to sucker, and makes an attractive shrub but if it is pruned into a small tree it is very attractive. This tree is not used enough in the landscape because it is not well known.
Flower Color: Yellow
Growth Habit: Shrub or small tree
Light Needs: Sun or part-shade
Flowering Season: Early spring
Landscape Value: 4 of 5 stars
Naturalizing Value: 4 of 5 stars
Pollen Value: 2 or 3 out of 5, seasonally dependent.
Nectar Value: 2 or 3 out of 5
Water Requirements: medium
Culture: Prefers rich, well-drained soil but is very adaptable and durable.
Native: Europe, Asia