ARCTIC SUN®

Dogwood - Red Twig

Cornus sanguinea

'Cato'

USPP 19,892

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  • Unique winter interest
  • Good for cut flowers
  • Dwarf habit
Description

Compact version of 'Winter Flame'. André van Nijnatten, the breeder of 'Winter Flame', brings us another Arctic Sun® Cornus, a choice selection with beautiful yellow stems tipped in coral-red. This cultivar is dwarf in form, reaching 3 to 4' tall and wide, as opposed to the 8-10' of conventional Cornus. Ideally sized for residential landscapes, it's a refreshing change from the more ubiquitous red-twig types. Bring the outdoors in and use Arctic Sun® dogwood as a cut stem for holiday arrangements or for season long color indoors.

Awards
MOBOT Tried and True
USDA Zone
4 - 8 (-30°F/-34°C)
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.