Cornus obliqua Red Rover

Redtwig Dogwood

$15.95 ea. (3+ discount) $15.50 ea.

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Plant Code: CORR

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Each season rivals the next for winning color. White lacecap flowers in spring. Smoky purple foliage transforms to red with blue fruit for autumn appeal; and a finale of stunning red branches will command winter attention. Outstanding for moist sites. You’ll cheer, “Red Rover, Red Rover” when we send this beautiful shrub on over!

An excellent native shrub for year-round interest. Cornus Red Rover prefers moist, well-drained soil. This valuable shrub adapts to difficult conditions and is an excellent resource for pollinators in the spring and songbirds adore the fall fruit.


Type: Shrubs
Height: Tall 4-5'
Spacing: Plant 5-6' apart
Bloom Time: Mid-Spring to Early Summer
Sun-Shade: Full Sun to Half Sun/ Half Shade
Zones: 4-8   Find Your Zone
Soil Condition: Normal, Acidic
Flower: White
Accent: White
Patent: #27,873
Pot Size: 3.5" square x 4" deep

Features to Note

  • For a Slope or Bank
  • Dry Shade Tolerant
  • Good for Hedge
  • Wet Site Tolerant
  • Winter Interest

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. Apply a controlled-release fertilizer in spring.