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Red Twig Dogwood Close up Dogwood shrub in winter

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An ornamental shrub that is stunning in the landscape in the dead of wintertime. The bright red stems pop against a dark background like the edge of the woods, or even a white field of snow. Try some of these grouped together as border hedge.

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Red Twig Dogwood

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• Fantastic winter color

• Drought tolerant

• Adaptable to cold & hot weather extremes

This is a fun shrub that catches a lot of looks.

In Spring, it puts out attractive white flowers. Summer, it fills out into a well shaped shrub with beautiful green leaves. Fall starts warming up with red fall foliage. Come winter, the leaves drop, exposing this amazing bright, red bark.

Use the Red Twig Dogwood as a privacy screen or even as a foundation hedge. It makes an attractive, large shrub all by itself, but is definitely most dramatic when several are planted together.

Grows in full sun or shade, but the more sun, the more color.

This is a hardy shrub. It's very drought tolerant, but also does well in soggy areas. It's not fussy about soil and withstands the coldest conditions, anywhere in the U.S.

Bring the flaming red stems inside for floral arrangements or as decoration at those festive holiday dinners...or plant one outside a window to enjoy its carefree, spectacular form year-round.

Soon, you won’t know how you lived without this delightfully different shrub as a part of your outdoor scenery.

Your Red Twig Dogwood plants arrive with well developed root systems, ready to take off.

 

 

 

 

 




Growing Zones: 2-9

Mature Height: 6-8 ft.
Mature Width: 6-8 ft.
Sunlight: Full - Partial
Soil Conditions: Adaptable
Drought Tolerance: Great
Botanical Name: Cornus alba 'Elegantissima'
Does not ship to: AZ, FL
Growing Zones 2-9
This plant is generally recommended for zones: 2-9
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It's Easy to Plant your Red Twig Dogwood


Step 1 - Dig Your Hole

Select a site with full to partial sun and moist or well drained soil for your Red Twig Dogwood.

First, dig each hole so that it is just shallower than the root ball and at least twice the width.

Then loosen the soil in the planting hole so the roots can easily break through.

Use your shovel or try dragging the points of a pitch fork along the sides and bottom of the hole.



Step 2 - Place Your Plant

Next, separate the roots of your Red Twig Dogwood gently with your fingers and position them downward in the hole.

The top of the root flare, where the roots end and the trunk begins, should be about an inch above the surrounding soil.

Then make sure the plant is exactly vertical in the hole.

To make it just right, use a level.

Step 3 - Backfill Your Hole

As you backfill the hole, apply water to remove air pockets.

Remove debris like stones and grass and completely break up any dirt clumps.

Water your Red Twig Dogwood again after the transplant is complete.

To help retain some of that moisture, it's recommended that you place mulch around each plant to a depth of 2"-3" up to but not touching the trunk. Organic mulches such as wood chips also help to better soil structure as they decompose.

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On the red twig dogwoood I know they are 6x8 ft ( I'm assumming tall) what is the width and do they have pests that attack them? I love them for their color, flowering and berries for food for the birds. Would they look ok as a whole line of redwoods along a 60 foot section of back fence?
A shopper on Jun 5, 2014
Best Answer: The width of the Red Twig Dogwood is also 6 to 8 feet tall. The Red Twig Dogwood doesn't usually have a pest problem, they don't attract any pests that an insecticide can't handle. It would create 60 feet of beautiful flowers, then in the fall it would be a bright red fence. It would be a unique and attractive look.
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Is this a good stand alone plant?
Chuck H on Aug 26, 2014
Best Answer: Yes, eventually. It takes a while to come into its own. I also can report that deer find them tasty. I have three of them. Two have been in place for 8 years and have become very lovely in the summer, eventually filling out. AS far as the red twigs are concerned, they are red, but I have not seen anything resembling the pix in this ad.
Reply · Report · THOMAS A on Aug 26, 2014
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Could I plant red twig dogwood in a corner of the house lot? Will they grow in sand?
C R on Jun 15, 2014
Best Answer: I'm not sure what the corner of the house lot is referring to exactly by mine is planted in pretty sandy soil and is out in the open to very high winds and has really done good. I do keep mulch around it year round and make sure the roots do not get too dry even in the winter time. Hope that helps. If there are more specific questions I can try to be of assistance.
Reply · Report · Barbie P on Jun 16, 2014
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I live in Pittsburgh, PA: is it too late in the season (early October) to plant these this year? Are they deer resistant?
Kathy L on Sep 30, 2014
Best Answer: I do not know about the planting season in PA . Red Twig Dogwood is suppose to b deer resistant according. to my literature.
Alyce, in Fort Collins, Co
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Is this an evergeen? It will not loose leaves?
Esther P on Sep 9, 2014
Best Answer: It will lose its leaves and display, during the winter, it's red bark.
Reply · Report · Ross W on Sep 9, 2014
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Is Red Twig Dogwood iinvasive? I live in Southern CA on the coast.
Carolyn c on Oct 12, 2014
Best Answer: I have planted red twig dogwood, also known as creekside dogwood, in two different places. I have not found either of them to be invasive. One is in a native plant garden in central California, where it has lived with drought like conditions after the first few months. The other is in southern Oregon, where it quite moist 8-9 months of the year. Both of these have thrived. Margaret
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can the red twig dogwood be pruned back on its width?
Brian R on Aug 27, 2014
Best Answer: Yes. Red Twig Dogwoods respond very well, trim yours back to the width you would like to keep it at. New stems will quickly fill in.
Reply · Report · Allison BStaff on Aug 29, 2014
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I HAVE A LATE BLOOMING GREENISH WHITE DOGWPOD. IT IS ABOUT 15 YRS OLD. THIS YEAR FOR THE 1ST TIME IT IS LOADED WITH HUNDREDS ORANGE STRAWBERRY LOOKING BERRIES ABOUT QUARTER IZE. WHEB I SQUEEZE THEM A YELLOW CREAM COMES OUT. DO YOU KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT THIS?
Beverly D on Aug 19, 2014
Best Answer: Dogwoods Trees often start producing berries in the summer that ripen in the Fall. Usually birds and wildlife scoop them all up before anyone notices them though!
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What are some good plants to put around a house--west, east, north, and south--about 1 1/2 foot flower beds? Full sun to shade to part sun, part shade. Thanks! I prefer perennials.
C R on Jun 15, 2014
Best Answer: It depends on your location. The Double Knockout Roses are good plants, so is the Lynwood Gold Forsythia. Perhaps the Wisteria Vine. I wish I could be more specific but without knowing your zone it's tough to recommend plants. Feel free to call a sales representative at 888-504-2001 to discuss what will work best for you.
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Most trees and plants on the website are pictured in their mature form. Depending on the product and growth rate, mature development can take years for your plant to resemble the photos.

Picture the last time you took a walk in the woods. The young trees were not miniature bonsai versions of mature trees. Instead they were naturally thin and lanky. Young trees are programmed to race toward the light, before the competing vegetation crowds them out. Once established at 10 feet or more, they start developing a wide canopy and shedding lower limbs.





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Bare Root trees are shipped without dirt or any green foliage showing. Some customers who have never planted bare root before, think that they received a "dead stick" with roots. These dormant trees are basically sleeping over the winter as most trees do. Because of their hibernation-like stage, this is a great way to transplant these trees. Since a bare root tree lacks foliage, they need very little moisture.


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Pruning makes plants appear to be less-full than the ones you may have seen at your local big box garden center. A retailer's goal is to have plants look their best while sitting in the store. Our goal is to have them look the best after you plant them.

Pruned trees and shrubs not only travel better, but become established much quicker. So rather than supporting extra foliage, they put their energy into sending out deep roots. Once that happens, your plants become hardier and quickly explode with new top growth. Above the ground, pruning helps your plants develop a more attractive form.