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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 20 reviews
Unfortunately, a bit temperamental

I ordered about 15 of these plants. All were planted in a row in the same conditions. 12 of them took root and 3 have died (1 died early enough that I obtained a free replacement). I’m a bit disappointed in the failure rate.

Hello! Thank you for leaving a review. We're sorry to hear that you had some trouble with your plants. It's hard to say for certain why some of your plants died while others have not. We're always here to help out. If you send us some photos and further explanations of your growing conditions, we can help diagnose the problem. The best way to reach us is at Happy Gardening!

trina m.
Fingers crosssed

So far it looks like its happy in my front yard. This is the first time for me growing the Artic fire dogwood. Fingers crossed.

Some made it/some did not

The quality of the plants were good overall. Two out of the six plants arrived looking very dry and not fresh. Although those two plants died, the other four continue to do well.

Hello! Thank you for your feedback. We apologize you received your plants not up to our standards. As we try our best to provide exceptional service, some factors like shipping and handling are outside of our control, and issues like this can sometimes happen. Please email pictures of any plants in question to, making sure to put your order number and name in the subject line so that we may provide the best assistance possible. Rest assured, we do have a 60 day guarantee on all of our plants. If you received your plants within that timeframe, we will be happy to apply your warranty once we receive the pictures. Happy Gardening!

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! :-)