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Red Twig Dogwood

red twig dogwood

Red Twig Dogwood, also known as Red Osier Dogwood , gives you year round interest. It forms a lovely green mound in the spring that become dotted with clusters of small white or creamy flowers as summer approaches.

The flowers fade and form clusters of white berries just before the leaves gain a red tinge in the fall.

red twig dogwood

In milder winters, the leaves may turn more yellow than red. Once the leaves fall off the shrub, you can enjoy the bright red twigs that give this dogwood its name. This dogwood shrub looks lovely with and without snow adorning its bright red branches.

Plant it where it has room to spread to its full glory. This fast growing plant likes a moist to wet soil, although it will grow almost anywhere. If you have a boggy portion of the yard that you don't know what to do with, this plant is the perfect choice.

Landscaping Ideas for the Redoiser Dogwood

Use the Red Twig Dogwood as a privacy screen. It grows very fast the first few years and will soon screen you from whatever you don't want to have in your view. It works nice in a mixed border or for a hedge. Plant one as a specimen shrub in a sunny spot.

The twigs can be cut for arrangements in the winter or to use as part of your holiday decorating.

Planting, Pruning and Care

Care for your Red Twig Dogwood by planting it in a sunny or partially shady spot. It is quite adaptable when it comes to soil.

Water regularly until the plant is well established. Once established, the plant is relatively drought tolerant; it is happiest, however in boggy soil.

Prune in summer to encourage new growth. The new twigs offer the brightest color in the winter. Unpruned, the Red Twig Dogwood will produce copious amounts of flowers and berries, though the winter display will not be as vibrant.

If you want the red winter color, prune out the largest stems so new ones will take its place. Plant the shrubs 2 to 3 feet apart if you want a hedge or mass planting.

Where to Buy Online

Nature Hills nursery offers the red twig dogwood. Click here to order yours today.

Red Twig Dogwood Plant Information

  • Scientific Name: Cornus stolinifera/sericea

  • Best Soil: Adaptable

  • Light: Full sun to partial shade

  • Growth Rate: Fast

  • Foilage: Deciduous green leaves with pale undersides

  • Fall Color: Red tinged

  • Bloom: Lightly fragrant white or cream blossoms in late spring to midsummer; white fruit in clusters in late summer or fall

  • Mature Size and Shape: Grows 8 to 10 feet in height and 6 to 8 feet wide in mounding habit

  • Pruning: In summer as needed

  • Watering: Drought tolerant once established

  • Hardiness Zone: 2 - 8

  • Plant Spacing: Plant 2 to 3 feet apart

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