Red Twig Dogwood, Known for Winter Beauty

Part of the You Can Learn Landscaping and Gardening series.
By Ken Brown
March 26, 2005

The Red Twig Dogwood provides winter interest with stems that are red in winter. There is something to see all year long with this perennial. Profuse tiny flowers show up in springtime. The green leaves make a great backdrop for other flowering plants during the summer and then will change to a crimson in the fall.

The plant is a deciduous shrub that will lose all its leaves during the winter, which shows off the red stems. The red twig dogwood can grow up to 10 feet tall. It repopulates by sending out sucker plants which can be cut from the parent plant and moved to a new location.

Dogwoods require moist well drained soil. To create a hedge place 2 feet apart. In early spring trim one third of the stems to the ground. The new growth will come in a brighter red than the more mature stems.

Deciduous Perennial Partial Shade or full sun
Dark Green leaves Requires moist well drained soil
Spurred shaped flowers Grows 6 to 20 feet tall
Flowers in white or yellow, blooms early spring Grows 6 to 20 feet wide

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Red Twig Dogwood is known for its winter beauty.
Red Twig Dogwood is known for its simple winter beauty.


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The Red Twig Dogwood has berries during the summer in colors of red, white or black. Some varieties have berries that last through winter. You can cut the dogwood completely to the ground in spring and within a year or two it will be back. There is a variety known as Yellow twig with stems that show yellow in winter.

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