Red Twig Dogwood

Red Twig Dogwood

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Hardy Zones 3-9, Mature Height 12', Mature Width 8', Bloom Season- Spring, Status- Beginner

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Red Twig Dogwood - Cornus sericea

The Red Twig Dogwood derives its name from its smooth vibrant red twigs which are most noticeable in the winter after leaves have fallen off. Depending on the season, it can have flat clusters of white sweet-scented flowers, white berries, and green to red-orange colored leaves. This hardy shrub is native to zones 2 to 9, and quickly reaches a height and width of six to eight feet. This flood resistant shrub loves moisture, full to partial sun, any type of soil, and most temperatures as long as it is not hot and dry. In gardens, it is used as a screen, and to attract birds and other wildlife.

Red Twig Dogwood is a Flowering Plant and is native throughout northern and western North America from Alaska east to Newfoundland, south to Durango and Nuevo León in the west, and Illinois and as far east as Virginia. Red Twig Dogwood is very similar to the Silky Dogwood in terms of planting conditions, just like the Silky Dogwood shrub it would fare well and be ideal planted near a downspout disconnected as it is very tolerant to Seasonal Flooding, so most Boggy and Wet Woodland areas would be best for a Red Twig Dogwood Shrub however it is adaptable to most soils but is very Intolerant to Drought and Restricted Water Conditions. Red Twig Dogwood is often used to stop riverbanks eroding away because its Root System provides Excellent Soil Retention. The Plateau Indians often ate the Berries it grew to cure Colds, and to Slow Bleeding, It would be best to let the Wildlife engage in the consumption of these Berries.

These are unique as the stems of these trees and shrubs are reddish as they grow.

They look amazing when placed in a garden or natural area. These grow great in soils that are wet and always moist but well drained. They can be seen rising in wooded areas where lighting and soil conditions are right for them.

Red Twig Dogwood