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Cardinal Red Twig Dogwood

Cornus sericea 'Cardinal'

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Cardinal Red Twig Dogwood

Cornus sericea 'Cardinal'

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Botanical Name

Cornus sericea 'Cardinal'

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Full Sun, Partial Sun

In colder parts of the country winters are long. In our gardens we want to see something interesting and colorful, and the Cardinal Red Twig Dogwood is a top choice for that purpose. Its upright, bright red twigs in winter glow against the snow or black earth in sun, and on cloudy days too. This easy to grow shrub reaches around 6 feet tall, ideal as a single plant in a smaller garden, or mass-planted in a larger one. Grow it as a backdrop to beds, around your home, as an informal hedge, along a stream, or to divide the garden from wilder parts around it. This shrub fits into any garden style, and it is so hardy that it can be grown even in the coldest parts of the country.

  • Bright red twigs all winter long
  • Easy to grow medium-sized shrub
  • Attractive white berries in early fall
  • Grows well in wet soils, or ordinary conditions
  • Hardy to minus 40 – top choice for cold states

The Cardinal Red Dogwood grows well in ordinary garden conditions and it also thrives in wetter soils, where many other plants fail. If you have wet areas, then this is your number one choice for a shrub. If you have normal soil conditions, it grows well too. It can be left to grow naturally or pruned in various ways to maximize the number and length of the red twigs. These can also be cut in winter to bring indoors for vases. This plant is a popular all-rounder, especially if you garden in cold areas of the country. it is pest resistant and normally not eaten by deer.

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