Dogwood - Red Twig

Cornus sericea


USPP 18,523

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  • Native to North America
  • Compact habit
  • Deer resistant

Compact red-twig dogwood. Mike Farrow brings us Arctic Fire® red-twig cornus (C. sericea, formerly known as C. stolonifera), a compact cultivar with beautiful red stems. It reaches a height of just 3-4', compared to the 8-10' of conventional types. Ideally scaled for residential landscapes. Bring the outdoors in and use Arctic Fire® dogwood as a cut stem for holiday arrangements or for season-long color indoors.

Awards MOBOT Tried and True

USDA Zone 2 - 7 (-50°F/-45°C)

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Exposure Full sun, Part sun

Height 3 - 5'

Width 3 - 5'

Finish Time 1.5 seasons

Type Deciduous

Bloom Time Spring

Flower Color White

Foliage Color Green

Liner Sizes 2 1/4", 4", Quick Turn

Soil Highly adaptable, but does best in moist, even wet soils. Tolerates dry conditions once established.

Pruning To maintain best stem color, keep primarily to just one and two year old stems. The entire plant can be cut to stumps each spring (note that this will remove flowers), or one-third of the oldest branches can be removed at ground level each spring.

Uses Mass plantings; cutting gardens; naturalizing; hedges; rain gardens; cutting gardens; foundation plantings.

Growing Tips Pruning is essential for these plants to maintain their best feature: bright red stems. Determine which method to use based on your design intentions for the plant. Provide good air circulation to minimize leaf spot. One of the most shade tolerant ornamental shrubs. Excellent for cutting. Note: stem color develops in autumn and persists through spring.