Cornus sericea Cardinal

Redtwig Dogwood

Type: Shrubs
Height: Tall 10' (Plant 10' apart)
Bloom Time: Late Spring to Early Summer
Sun-Shade: Full Sun to Mostly Shady
Zones: 3-8   Find Your Zone
Soil Condition: Normal, Acidic
Flower / Accent: Red / Red
Pot Size: 3.5" square x 4" deep
Cardinal Dogwood has green foliage throughout the growing season. The foliage turns an outstanding brick red in the fall. It has clusters of white flowers at the ends of the branches in late spring. This selection also produces berries in late summer. The deep cherry red branches are extremely showy and add significant winter interest.

Features to Note:

  • Winter Interest
  • Wet Site Tolerant

Cornus General Information:

Cornus are best known for providing striking winter beauty to the garden. The bare red stems provide colorful interest and are excellent for holiday arrangements. The fruits are an important food source for many birds.

Cornus Plant Care:

Pruning has options: Can be pruned back hard every year or two in spring to within a couple inches of the ground to force numerous new, and hence reddest winter stems. Alternately, a less drastic approach is to prune out up to a third of the older stems in spring, removing stems the size of your thumb and larger. If flowers and berries are desired this is the preferred method, as Redtwigs bloom on the previous season's wood, and the first method of hard annual pruning will not allow flowering. Average to moist soil is preferred. Stems color best when young (hence the pruning), and in sun. Do not prune until established - usually the third year.

$14.95 ea.
(3+) $14.50 ea.
Ships: Spring 2017
Plant Code: COCA