Red Twig Dogwood is a medium-sized shrub
Red Twig Dogwood – Cornus sericea
The Red Twig Dogwood is famous for the dark red bark branches that deliver a winter interest against the pure white snow. It emerges from the ground with multiple upright loose branches. It is a medium-sized shrub, averaging 8-foot tall but occasionally larger if growing conditions are perfect. The spring blooms are a small, flat, white to cream color, which shares the branches with 4-inch long semi-narrow leaves. The green leaves of summer fade to a range of red-burgundy-purplish color in the fall with clusters of small white fruit berries. In the winter, the red twigs of the dogwood become darker, making an exciting winter addition to any landscape. The thick root system makes it a popular shrub for hillsides and problem areas to combat soil erosion. Since the shrub loves wetter soil than most, it is an excellent choice for hard-to-maintain wetter grounds. It grows well in zones 3-8 and is tolerant of any soil as long as it is damp. It is easy for beginners to grow. It will do well in most Ph-level soils, preferring full sun or partial sun. It appreciates cooler weather climates.
Red Twig Dogwood average spread is 4-foot
The spring suckers are perfect for new gardeners to learn how to propagate plants. The average spread is 4-foot. The dogwood is a choice for a loose border for a few reasons. It is easy to propagate, making it an economical choice, and it is tall enough to be a deterrent to keep areas semi-private. Prune in the spring or fall. It makes a perfect garden focal point and a topic of conversation. Light gray stones around the dogwood enhance the red twig color, making it easier to see. Keep the upright branches thick to make a bold statement, or thin the branches out for an elegant touch of red. An excellent shrub choice if you want year-round color.