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Red Twig Dogwood Cornus sericea

Growing Red Twig Dogwood: Tips at a Glance

The shrub red twig dogwood is at its best in winter, with flaming red stems that are beautiful against drab skies. Prune it annually and remove suckers.

  • Type Perennial shrub
  • USDA Zones 2-9
  • Height 6-8 feet
  • Soil Likes moisture
  • Sun Sun or shade
  • Other Colors Yellow
  • Design Tip Plant en masse
  • Companions Ghost bramble
  • Peak Season Blazing bark in winter

Red Twig Dogwood: A Field Guide

Though it boasts four-season interest—with fragrant flowers, tiny berries and showy foliage—the red twig dogwood saves its best for winter, when its stems are on fire.

A typical understory plant in forests and woodlands, Cornus sericea thrills with flaming red or yellow twigs. (The yellow variety will be a smaller plant.) Beware that with age red twig dogwood’s brightness will fade, so smart pruning is in order. Either cut it down to the ground every several years, which will sacrifice its flowers, or remove a quarter of its stems each year. Keep an eye out for suckers. Looks beautiful against snow and drab winter skies.

Finally, get more ideas on how to successfully plant, grow, and care for dogwood tree with our Dogwood Tree: A Field Guide.

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