Arctic Fire Red Twig Dogwood
Colorful Stems Enliven Winter Landscapes
In a flurry of white, dogwood trees are showiest in spring, but some dogwood shrubs claim winter as their season of interest. Arctic Fire Dogwood Shrub (Cornus sericea [f. stolonifera] ‘Farrow’ ARCTIC FIRE™) is ablaze in winter with fiery-red stems that will take your breath away! This plant not only makes a big impact statement in the landscape, but it’s equally as dramatic in a cut-stem arrangement for your winter foyer or dining table.
A Native Plant with Vast Appeal
• Vivid red stems in winter. This is the primary reason to grow Arctic Fire Dogwood Shrub -- its winter stem color is truly without rival among other landscape shrubs. As a bonus, it’s also deer-resistant; so it’ll stay intact without becoming ragged and unsightly from grazing.
• Exceptional cold-hardiness. Hardy to USDA plant hardiness zone 3, Arctic Fire Dogwood Shrub sails through harsh winter climates. The sight of red stems -- rising from a carpet of white snow -- is breathtaking.
• White lacecap flowers. Arctic Fire Dogwood Shrub offers another feast for the eyes in warm weather. After the leaves emerge in spring to hide the winter-red stems, flat clusters of lacy white flowers cover the compact shrubs ‘til early summer.
Front and Center
Arctic Fire Dogwood Shrub is not a specimen for a back-of-the-border plant or tucked out of sight in your landscape. This plant should be featured as a prominent focal point in your yard or garden. Position it near the entrance to your home for visitors to admire or as the centerpiece for a formal courtyard garden. You can even grow Arctic Fire Dogwood Shrub so its upright stems form a “thriller” look in a large container.
Maintain the Vibrancy
These compact shrubs typically grow no taller than 5 feet, but as the plants mature, the stems may become a duller red. Younger stems are more vibrant, so a little pruning here and there will keep your Arctic Fire Dogwood Shrub in the peak of color. You can cut back an older shrub after it blooms in spring to knee height, or you can prune one-third of its older (thicker) stems each winter. Use these cuttings to make elegant holiday table decorations or tuck in vase arrangements!