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Cornus  Arctic Fire® Red Dogwood
ENLARGE IMAGE Durable - A 'Must Have' where other shrubs fail to grow. From Proven Winners
  • Cornus Arctic Fire looks great in front of evergreens
  • Cornus Arctic Fire has stunning red stems in the winter
  • Red Twig Dogwood is deer and rabbit resistant
  • Cornus Arctic Fire has green leaves in the summer
  • Red Twig Dogwood is a durable native shrub

Cornus Arctic Fire® Red Dogwood

Enjoy bright red stems in winter!
ZONE 4,5,6,7
As low as $14.99
  • Cut stunning red stems in winter for arrangements
  • Does not sucker like other types
  • Attracts wildlife spring thru winter
  • Deer, rabbit & disease resistant
  • Grows 3-5 feet high and wide
  • Ship size: Starter Quart
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Cornus Arctic Fire® Red Dogwood Description

Don't dread winter - celebrate it, with the bold and cheerful red stems of Arctic Fire® Red red-twig dogwood (Cornus sericea)! This super durable native shrub looks rugged and handsome in the landscape all season, but come autumn, the leaves drop to reveal bright red stems that persist in the landscape all winter. We absolutely love this and Arctic Fire Yellow dogwood planted in front of evergreens, the wall of your home, or anywhere they can be appreciated against a backdrop to really make their color pop.

Special features: native, shade tolerant, deer resistant, attracts pollinators.

Quick Facts

  • Botanical name:
    Cornus sericea 'Farrow'
  • Common name:
    Red twig dogwood
  • Zone:
  • Sun exposure:
    Sun to part shade
  • Delivery:
    See schedule
  • Ship form:
    Starter quart
  • Soil type:
    Average, Clay
  • Soil moisture:
    Average, Moist
  • Height x width:
    3-5' x 3-5'
  • Flower color:
  • Foliage color:
  • Bloom season:
  • Uses:
    Accent, Background, Border, Erosion control or Embankment, Foundation, Hedge, Massing, Naturalizing, Rain garden, Slopes, Specimen, Waterside, Woodland
  • Cannot ship to:
    AK, HI
  • Patent #: PP 18,523



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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Not deer resistant
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John H Heckmueller  |  Aug 25, 2020
As advertised the Red Twig Dogwood is dappled shade tolerant albeit at a very reduced growth rate and under this light exposure it does not allow the stems to turn bright red. The deer in my neighborhood love to nibble on this plant, but fortunately the stems leaf out again.