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     The bright red stems of Red Twig Dogwood look dashing against the white snow. 


     This is one of our go-to shrubs for winter interest.  Even in winters with no snow, the red stands out against evergreen trees and shrubs and can be a bright spot among the otherwise gray landscape.


     Also a great shrub for wildlife, Red Osier is a larval host for the lovely Spring Azure, and it attracts waterfowl, marshbirds and shorebirds, mammals, birds and butterflies.


     Clusters of creamy-white blossoms are followed by pea-sized white berries that last into fall. 


     Prune out old canes periodically and to nearly the ground in spring to encourage vigorous new red twigs.



Dogwood, Red Twig/Red Osier

3 Gallons
    • Latin: Swida sericea
    • Pollinator value: Very High
    • Wetland status: FACW
    • Height: 6-9' high and wide
    • Light: Full sun, dappled afternoon shade is best
    • Soil: Moist, well drained; adapts to wet
    • Blooms: White, May-June
    • Landscape: Makes a great hedge, good for shrub borders, along ponds and streams; forms thickets
    • More information and native range here


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