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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' 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

Customer Reviews

Based on 17 reviews
Patty C.
Arrived beautiful

It did well for a bit .Must be doing something wrong. But have been in contact with company and they have been great. Going to try again

Nancy K.
Plants doing great!

These plants are doing well, and have grown several inches in the last few weeks. We look forward to seeing how far they come by the fall, and if the stems turn red as they should. Very speedy service from this company! :-)

Great so far

Both are doing well after one was replaced that fitted with the first two weeks. I hope they continue to grow fast before the end of the season. Can’t wait to see the winter look to them.

Red twig dogwood

The plant was small but beautiful..it had some leaves to turn brown and fall off but that's to be expected
I really can't tell how it will be because it's new but it looks really healthy now

Lost them all

I ordered 6 plants. They arrived. they all died before I could plant them

Hello, we are sorry to hear about your plants and apologize that you received plants not up to our standards. We do offer a 60-day warranty on all of our plants. Please emails photos of your plants to claims@greatgardenplants.com and we'd be happy to send replacements or refund your purchase. Happy Gardening!