Cornus Arctic Fire® Yellow Description
Winter is long, cold, and dreary, so do something good for your eyes and spirit by planting Arctic Fire® Yellow dogwood (Cornus sericea). This native shrub looks pretty, if unassuming, all season - and when the leaves drop in autumn, they reveal an array of brightly colored yellow stems that positively pop in the landscape. This is a super durable native shrub that can take almost anything you can throw at it: shade, wet soil, deer, rabbits. None of them can stop this plant from doing what it does best, looking fantastic in the gloomiest part of the year.
Special features: native, shade tolerant, deer resistant, attracts pollinators.
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- Botanical name:
Cornus sericea (syn. C. stolonifera) 'SMNCSBD'
- Common name:
Red-twig dogwood, yellow-twig dogwood, red osier dogwood
- Sun exposure:
Sun to part shade
- Ship form:
- Soil type:
Not fussy about soil
- Soil moisture:
Average to wet
- Height x width:
4-5' tall x 6' wide
- Flower color:
- Foliage color:
- Bloom season:
Accent, Background, Border, Erosion control or Embankment, Foundation, Hedge, Massing, Naturalizing, Rain garden, Slopes, Specimen, Waterside, Woodland
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- Patent #: PPAF
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Soil: Adaptable to most any level of soil moisture and pH. Can become stressed in extremely dry conditions, however.
Light: Full sun to part shade. Will grow and survive in deep shade, but will not flower strongly, nor will its winter color be quite as vivid as if it gets some sun.
Water: Readily tolerates wet conditions and is often found growing on river banks and lakeshores in the wild. Established plants can tolerate some drought, but extreme drought may compromise aesthetics.
Spacing: 5-6' apart
Fertilizing: Supplemental fertilizer is not required. However, if you want faster growth, apply a granular rose or garden fertilizer in early spring, then again in early summer if desired.
Winterizing: No special care needed. A 2-3" layer of shredded bark mulch is beneficial. Stems can be cut for decorations and arrangements if desired.
Maintenance & pruning: The best stem color on red-twig dogwoods appears on stems that are one or two years old. As stems mature, they develop corky, bark-like growth that obscures the color. As such, plants should be pruned yearly or every other year once they're established (3-4 years after planting). You can do this in one of two ways: one, by cutting the entire plant back to small stumps in early spring (note that this method removes flower buds; it also will leave you with no coverage for several weeks as the plant recovers. The second method involves removing one-third of the oldest growth each spring by nipping it out at the base.
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