|Part of the
You Can Learn Landscaping and Gardening series.
By Ken Brown
Updated: 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 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.