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Three Arctic Fire Red dogwood shrubs in a winter landscaping showing their bright red stems
Arctic Fire Red dogwood in a landscape in autumn showing its red winter stems
Closeup of the nice red stems of Arctic Fire Red dogwood
The stems of Arctic Fire Red dogwood in spring when the foliage has emerged
The white flower clusters of Arctic Fire red twig dogwood
The stems of Arctic Fire red twig dogwood coated in shimmering frost

Cornus Arctic Fire® - Red Red-Twig Dogwood

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Easy to grow, super durable, and at its most attractive in winter - perhaps that's why you've grown our native red-twig dogwood (Cornus sericea, aka Cornus stolonifera) before. But did you know that it also hosts the larvae of the spring azure butterfly? It's true! There are lots of different varieties of red-twig dogwood out there, but we offer Arctic Fire Red from Proven Winners ColorChoice Shrubs because it is a bit smaller and more refined than others, and resists the leaf spot that plagues older selections, too. 

Red-twig dogwoods are ideal for a hedge or backdrop in your landscape; they can even be grown as a specimen. We particularly like them when they are sited against something like a pine or other evergreen, or a wall - this really sets them off nicely in the winter landscape.

Vital details:

Plant size: 3-5'/1-1.3m tall and wide

Light: full sun (6+ hrs/day), part sun (4-6 hrs/day). Can also be grown in shade, but will not take on as much winter color, nor will it be as attractive to butterflies for egg-laying.

Hardiness: USDA zone 2-7 (Find your hardiness zone)

Pollinator value: hosts the larvae of the spring azure butterfly.

Notable features: winter interest, native, shade tolerant, deer resistant, cut flower.

Pot size: one quart

Plant name: Cornus sericea 'Farrow', pp#18,523

For complete growing details, click on over to our guide on growing red-twig dogwoods