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Red Twig Dogwood

Cornus sericea

$39.95 (10% Off)

1. Height

  • Ships week of Mar 18
  • Shipped to you in our Drop 'N Grow™

    The benefits of the Drop ‘N Grow™ bag…

    By growing these trees in burlap bags, the roots grow into the cloth, rather than circling around a pot. This forces these trees to put out thousands of fine hair roots. These roots bring moisture and nutrients into the plants. This means you get a tree that will become established quicker and provide you with superior and faster growth.

    These will be the easiest trees you have ever planted! Simply dig your hole, place the Drop 'N Grow™ bag in the center (burlap included) then use excess dirt to fill the hole. That's it!

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3. Extras

-t- Planting Mix
Red Twig Dogwood Planting Mix

Helps your Red Twig Dogwood get established in a fraction of the time, become more drought tolerant, and grow faster. Here's how:

Beneficial Bacteria... It's like a Probiotic for your tree... creating an explosion of fine hair roots that vastly improves nutrient and water uptake.

Course Organic Compost... loosens and improves all types of soils while promoting proper pH levels. You get better drainage and moisture retention.

Microbial Fertilizers... including Sea Kelp, Yucca, and 100 other elements proven to gently feed your tree without burning the roots.

Use 1 bag of Planting Mix for each plant ordered.

Soil Contents
-t- Root Rocket™ Fertilizer
Root Rocket™ Transplant Fertilizer

2oz. Packet

Get your new plants off to the right start by using Root Rocket™ Transplant.

This soil amendment contains 16 strains of mycorrhizal fungi, biostimulants, beneficial bacteria and Horta-Sorb® water management gel.

Simply sprinkle the product into the planting hole adjacent to the root ball when planting.

The organisms will start to work right away supplying the roots with much needed nutrition.

The specially formulated Horta-Sorb® will reduce transplant stress and aid in water retention.

1 packet per plant

Root Rocket Fertilizer
Add A Decorative Pot

Growing Zones: 2-9
(hardy down to -40℉)

Growing Zones 2-9
You are in Growing Zone: 6

Mature Height:

6-8 ft.

Mature Width:

6-8 ft.


Full Sun, Partial Sun


6-8 ft.

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Drought Tolerance:


Botanical Name:

Cornus sericea

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Fire Red Color Makes You Look Forward to Winter!

- 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.

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Customer Reviews

4.6 / 5.0
34 Reviews
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This is my second year after planting a small one. It really IS that brilliant of a red year round, as in the picture. This spring, it has most delicate, multiple white blossoms -- and it's growing fast! Zone 7
January 1, 2013
over 3 years ago
red twig dogwood bush
It is a beautiful bush and arrived in great condition . The leaves and dirt were dry but giving it water and misting the leaves did the trick.Thank you . You are a very nice company to deal with/
July 31, 2015
Benton Harbor, MI
over 2 years ago
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The product arrived promptly as promised. I planted according to instructions but to date it has not shown any new growth and the leaves it arrived with are dying off. The lower part of the twigs are still flexible so I am hoping that it will survive.

It is in full sun and we have had significant rain so am not sure what could be the problem. I really love this plant and want it to survive especially since it was very costly. Any suggestions?
May 26, 2016
Marietta, GA
1 year ago
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beautiful to look at.
My plants are doing so well. They are growing fast. Established easily. I placed them on the side of the house and created a nice area with mulch. I am happy that I made the investment.
July 27, 2015
Easton, PA
over 2 years ago
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Red Twig Dogwood
I planted this immediately when I received it. It's thriving and looking very good so far.
May 10, 2016
Austin, TX
1 year ago
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Love it
Got the plant so I would have something to memorialize my dogs grave site, absolutely love it and for once I can't wait for winter to roll around
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August 29, 2016
Ashland, PA
1 year ago
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I received three of these today. 6/25/16 and am very impressed
At the way they where packaged and shipped. Plants arrived in
Excellent condition, very healthy and very well packaged. I can't wait for them to grow. Fast Growing Trees is Awesome at what they do, I am very happy I ordered from them and would recommend to anyone.
June 25, 2016
Revere, MA
1 year ago
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it's a beauty!
It's flourishing just fine. I'm looking forward to watching it grow.
May 27, 2016
Herrin, IL
1 year ago
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Working Hard to be a beautiful plant
Another plant we put out this year in a raised garden in hopes of being deer tolerant, but the deer love it a lot.

The plants however arrived in excellent condition and have constant new leaves, so it's a fighter. I'm hoping they can outgrow the deer's eating habits and survive the Summer so we can enjoy the red twigs of fall/winter. I suspect we will cage these lovelies to protect them just so we can have that late year color...wish us luck.

South Texas - planted in March 2017.
April 20, 2017
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Very nice..
They grew really fast. Looks great with Yellow Dogwood. Good purchase.
Grew 18" since Fall 2016
Grew 18" since Fall 2016
January 23, 2017
Woodsdie, NY
1 year ago
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Planting & Care

It's Easy to Plant & Care for Your Red Twig Dogwood

Red Twig Dogwood Planting Diretions

The red twig dogwood (Cornus sericea) is a species of Dogwood native throughout northern and western North America from Alaska east to Newfoundland, south to Durango and Nuevo León in the west, and Illinois and Virginia in the east. Other names include Red Willow, Kinnikinnick, Redstem Dogwood, Red-rood, American Dogwood, Creek Dogwood, and Western Dogwood.

Red Twig Dogwood are a popular ornamental shrub that is often planted for the red coloring of its twigs in the dormant season. Native Americans used the berries as food, both fresh, dried and cooked. Some Plateau Indian tribes ate the berries to treat colds and slow bleeding. This decorative dogwood is quite cold tolerant and can be planted in USDA growing zones 2-9. They grow at a moderate rate, are quite drought tolerant and reach a mature height/width of 6-8 feet.

Seasonal information: Red twig dogwood shrubs provide year-round interest, but despite bearing spring blossoms, variegated leaves in summer, and berries from summer to fall, clearly this plant's common name explains the main reason people grow it: namely, the bush's red twigs, which are brightest in winter.

Choosing a location: Red twig dogwood bushes are considered good plants for wet areas, although some cultivators report that the red twig dogwoods perform better in well-drained soils. Work humus into the soil for nutrients. In terms of sunlight requirements, red twig dogwood shrubs will tolerate partial shade, but their signature red bark will be brightest if they are planted in full sun.

Planting instructions: Red twig dogwood shrubs will tolerate partial shade, but their signature red bark will be brightest if they are planted in full sun.

1) Dig your planting hole twice the width of the root ball and just as deeply enough so that it's level with the surrounding area.
2) Remove the plant from the container by gently tapping on the ground and easing the plant out of the container. If the red twig dogwood was purchased with burlap covering the root ball, cut at least half of the burlap off the root ball exposing the roots.
3) Place the shrub in the planting hole and back fill with your blend of native and gardening soil and gently tap down to secure the plant. This will help keep the dogwood straight and eliminate any air pockets that may have formed.
4) Water the planting site to settle the soil then mulch to retain soil moisture and keep competing growth back.

Watering: Create a mulch barrier around the tree's trunk at planting. Keep the mulch five or six inches away from the trunk itself to help the tree retain water. Water the red twig dogwood thoroughly.

 Monitor the tree until its roots have become well established. If the soil feels dry down to a depth of 2 inches, water it deeply. Although it can survive drought conditions, it prefers wet soil. Water deeply if the surrounding soil is extremely dry.

Fertilization: To maximize growth of this fast grower, fertilize the plant in late spring after flowering and again in late fall with an acid-loving tree and shrub fertilizer.

Pruning: Care for this plant amounts mainly to pruning. For maximum color, prune out 1/3 of the older branches every three years or so. Such care will promote new growth; and since the younger branches bear the brightest color, that is precisely the growth that you want to encourage.

Pests and Disease: It is also important to monitor your red twig dogwood for pests. Aphids feed on dogwoods by sucking sap. A number of scale insects are also potential pests of dogwood. These insects are immobile and appear as small bumps on leaves or stems. The dogwood club-gall midge adult is a tiny, yellow-orange fly that lays eggs in the plant's terminal leaves, where the eggs hatch into larvae and enter the shoot. The dogwood borer is the larvae of a wasp-like moth (Synanthedon scitula). Dogwood sawfly (Macremphytus tarsatus), a particularly common pest of the red twig dogwood, feeds on dogwood leaves while passing through multiple in-stars, or larval stages.

Planting & Care

Questions & Answers

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Why did you choose this? Store
It looks interesting and I am always looking for a pop of color.
Tiffanie M on Feb 19, 2018
The bright color of a bush. I needed a break from all the green. :)
Jorge V on Jan 26, 2018
It looks interesting and I am always looking for a pop of color.
Tiffanie M on Feb 19, 2018
pet friendly
Roman L on Feb 6, 2018
The bright color of a bush. I needed a break from all the green. :)
Jorge V on Jan 26, 2018
Unique. Color & size
Shirley B on Jan 22, 2018
I like the idea of color in the inter months. Ill be using the red twig dw to form a hedge between me and my neighbor.
Frank D on Nov 13, 2017
Wanted color to compliment evergreens
C D on Nov 8, 2017
We just saw these on "This Old Home". Just what we needed for our front yard!
Donna H on Oct 14, 2017
mary v on Oct 5, 2017
For beauty all seasons
Bianca W on Oct 3, 2017
Because of the bright fall color!
Holli M on Sep 30, 2017
I really love the red twigs
Martin G on Sep 30, 2017
Bright red will add much needed color in my back yard
Matthew M on Sep 21, 2017
Need something to block unsightly house fixture from view of the road and loved the color
Kathleen W on Sep 13, 2017
These are great in the landscape and are great in flower arrangements.
richard b on Sep 13, 2017
Winter color
Ryan M on Aug 15, 2017
Small Hedge in the summer, hoping for red branches to contrast the long winter snow back drop
Michael A on Aug 11, 2017
Because of the color and the fact that it is also beautiful in winter
Chuck C on Aug 3, 2017
To fill in an area between the steps and the driveway.
Barbara B on Aug 3, 2017
Color and hardiness
Lisa W on Jul 31, 2017
I purchased these plants earlier this year and was so impressed with them, I have decided to add more to our new landscape project.
MARIA S on Jul 26, 2017
It will be nice to see some color during the long new England winters.
Andrew S on Jul 20, 2017
Looks hardy and is attractive
mary c. r on Jul 16, 2017
It is so different and vibrant with color and stands out . It's going to look great with the barn style house and country style home my husband and I have.
Krista D on Jun 22, 2017
Cold hardiness and brilliant red color.
Tod H on Jun 10, 2017
I have a wet area and they can take that. And I wanted a shrub which will have winter color.
Theresa B on Jun 7, 2017
Excellent screen and winter color makes snowy landscape pop
Calogero I on Jun 4, 2017
Love the look of the red twigs in the winter!
Valli H on May 30, 2017
Beautiful color in winter
G A on May 20, 2017
seasonal color variation
Jason B on May 19, 2017
girlfriend insisted on getting the red twig dogwood because it will look nice contrasting snow
Nathan B on May 18, 2017
RAY B on May 17, 2017
I love the winter red. Seems to do well in many places here in northeast Nevada.
Brian S on May 14, 2017
looking to screen unsightly wooded area and wanted something native, colorful
Diana D on May 13, 2017
Will be very showy during the winter against the snow.
Theresa B on May 13, 2017
To block our neighbors view of our yard.
Deborah R on May 11, 2017
size and appearance, hardiness
Karen M on May 8, 2017
Color. Shade grower.
Ann V on May 3, 2017
The brilliant red color.
Kelly A on May 3, 2017
I have been looking forward to trying this dogwood, sounds beautiful and a reasonable price. I am very pleased you will not be using post office as delivery fedx and up will come to my home but no mail delivery to home. I have to go to a trailer post office with awkward hours ....i do not order any plants that way
virginia s on Apr 26, 2017
I have two yellow twig dogwoods and love them, especially the yellow twigs in winter. Decided to try red for contrast, since they will be planted in same area.
Peggy A on Apr 25, 2017
I want a bright splash of color that will grow to 6 to 8ft with white flowers in the springtime turning to a bright red in the winter months for contrast with our snowy days here in Montana.
Chris S on Apr 20, 2017
I've grown dogwoods before and they are a easy and fast growing shrub. Also amazing color in the fall and winter months.
Jerry and Julie G on Apr 11, 2017
I picked the Red Twig Dogwood due to its color. I think that it will be a beautiful addition to my yard and really help the color scheme of my home to stand out.
Joseph W on Mar 28, 2017
To attract butterflies and birds and add color spring through winter
Linda M on Feb 27, 2017
Winter interest
Kellie M on Feb 23, 2017
Red branches, hedge quality
Danielle B on Feb 20, 2017
Winter colors
Nancy H on Jan 10, 2017
Winter color
Jeremy M on Nov 24, 2016
These come highly recommended as a plant to help prevent land erosion near the water line. The color is beautiful and they should be gorgeous in all seasons.
Rebecca M on Nov 7, 2016
color, winter interest, low growth height
Boyd G on Oct 24, 2016
pet friendly
Roman L on Feb 6, 2018
Unique. Color & size
Shirley B on Jan 22, 2018
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.
Can this plant tolerate heavy trimming and when?
Michael L on Jun 7, 2015
BEST ANSWER: I trimmed in early spring they get pretty bushy after 3 years but u want to keep them healthy and tall we just trimmed so we could mow under and didn't invade neighbors place .
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 actually have one growing in what is a very dry location that gets a lot of sun. When it is really dry (after several weeks of no rain) I water it with a hose. It has been in the ground for almost a year now and has tripled in size. Other than that it really requires very little maintenance.
when is the best time of year to plant this bush?
Sarah P on Nov 23, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Autumn is a great time to plant. As cooler weather approaches they will drop their leaves, and focus completely on root growth. This allows them to get an excellent head start on growth for next year
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.
do the deer like to feast on it?
Catherine F on Jan 1, 2016
BEST ANSWER: We have a lot of deer around where we live and they do not mess with our red twig dogwoods
How far apart do we plant them?
Bev F on May 18, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I would plant them at least 5 feet apart. This is my second year on mine and it has already spread about three feet.
In the evening my backyard is west gets very sunny in the summer so full Sun will be to much sun right?
Glenda W on May 25, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I have my red twig dogwood bushes in the front in full sun until the sun sets and they are doing well.
How fast does this bush grow?
Geri I on Jul 30, 2016
BEST ANSWER: They can grow 2 feet per year.
Is this an evergeen? It will not loose leaves?
Esther P on Sep 9, 2014
BEST ANSWER: No this is not an evergreen. Loses it's leaves in the fall.
If I am planting along a chain link fence . How far should it be planted away from the fence?
Justin H on Jul 24, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I would at least plant them 4 feet from the fence.
How quickly does red twig dog wood grow?
Jewel M on Apr 20, 2017
BEST ANSWER: first year I was very pleased with the growth....planted in the spring
Are the leaves variegated?
Chris on Feb 10, 2018
BEST ANSWER: No they are not variegated.
Will this grow at 10,000 feet?
Nola K on Apr 16, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I'm at 8000 ft and they're growing fine
Does it spread?
Barb T on Sep 28, 2016
BEST ANSWER: The mature width is 6-8 foot.
Will grow in the hot desert climate?
Kathy D on Aug 7, 2016
BEST ANSWER: The growing zones are 2-9. Click the link to look up what growing zone you are in.
Are the red dogwood roots evasive?
Glenda W on May 25, 2016
how large of a pot does it arrive in?
Janet S on May 14, 2016
BEST ANSWER: As of right now they will be in a 2 gallon container.
When do these normally bloom? Mine has started leafing out and there are no signs of blooms. My dogwood tree blooms then gets leaves, wondering why this one didn't bloom...
PamelaJ on Apr 4, 2016
BEST ANSWER: My Red Twig Dogwood was planted in last fall and there were leaves first then buds have started to show. I am in North TX.
Why cant the red twig dogwood be shipped to Florida? We have an abundance of white & pink dogwood in North Florida.
coupchik on Mar 24, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Agricultural restrictions prohibits us from shipping it into your state.
This ad says it won't ship until November 4th. Would I plant it then in region 7 just before winter? We usually have frosts by then.
Michele on Sep 24, 2015
BEST ANSWER: You should be fine planting in a zone 7 in November as long as the ground is not frozen.
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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