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Ragin' Red™ Dogwood Tree
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    Ragin' Red™ Dogwood Tree

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    Growing Zones: 5-9
    Growing Zones: 5-9
    Mature Height: 20-25 ft.
    Mature Width: 20-25 ft.
    Sunlight: Full to Partial Sun
    Spacing: 25 ft.
    Botanical: Cornus florida ‘JN13’ Ragin’ Red™
    Cannot Ship to: AZ, FL, LA

    New Dogwood Tree has the Darkest Red Flowers Available … Plus Red Leaves!

    Ragin’ Red™ Dogwood (Cornus florida ‘JN13’ Ragin’ Red™) is so aptly named. This new plant introduction is all the rage in the gardening world. Until now, “red-flowering” dogwood trees typically had dark-pink or rose-red flowers. But Ragin’ Red™ Dogwood has true, dark-red blooms. The springtime floral show continues when the flowers fade – the new leaves also emerge in shades of red! If you like red colors in your yard and garden, you’ll love the vibrant look that Ragin’ Red™ Dogwood adds to your landscape design – it’s your new favorite plant!

    Bold and Alluring Red Blooms
    Ragin’ Red™ Dogwood doesn’t gently ease your garden from its winter dormancy to a springtime awakening – it boldly bursts into color with no thought given to subtlety! And this is why countless gardeners have created such high demand for this unique tree that it’s selling out across the country. The pastel springtime shades of other flowering dogwoods are lovely, but they don’t hold a candle to Ragin’ Red™ Dogwood’s bold flowers. This new introduction finally solves the problem of providing a true-red dogwood tree to gardeners who prefer vivid colors over pastels.

    When you look at a single Ragin’ Red™ Dogwood flower, you’ll first notice the colorful red bracts that surround the “true flowers.” Look closer and you’ll see the small cluster of yellow blooms in the center, which are the true flowers. The larger and showier bracts that surround the central flowers are actually modified leaves and not true flowers! But in garden-speak, the entire structure – the true central flowers and the surrounding bracts – is commonly referred to as the flower.

    Even the Foliage is Red
    Have you ever seen a dogwood tree with red leaves? Not unless you’ve seen a Ragin’ Red™ Dogwood! This revolutionary breakthrough in plant breeding ushers in a new generation of dogwood trees. Typically, dogwoods have a lot of flash in springtime because of their colorful flowers, which arrive before the leaves emerge. But when the flowers fade and the leaves appear, the trees sport conventional green foliage, which blends in with other trees around them. But Ragin’ Red™ Dogwood defies convention! Its striking red leaves stand apart from the crowd of other trees around it and provide a stark contrast to any monochromatic green landscape.

    Fall Foliage – More Red!
    As the leaves transition in autumn from crimson-red to burgundy-red, Ragin’ Red™ Dogwood continues its season-long red theme. Before this deciduous tree drops its leaves in fall, it gives you a final colorful show when the leaves turn a rich shade of burgundy. Throughout the growing season, each shade of red is different than the previous one – the flowers, new leaves, and fall foliage bring a seasonal succession of red hues that are all in the same color family, but which claim their own unique seasonal shade.

    Noticeable Red Berries in the Fall!
    If you’ve ever had dogwood trees, you know how colorful they are in late summer through early winter because of their brilliant red berries. Ragin’ Red™ Dogwood trees is no exception. After the leaves fall in autumn, the red berries are even more noticeable. Dotted all over the tree branches, these berries provide a resounding finale to an entire season of red features on this outstanding tree!

    Bring on the Birds
    If you enjoy bird-watching, be sure to plant your Ragin’ Red™ Dogwood where you can see it from inside your home. After providing you with season-long beauty, your tree will now feed the birds in your yard! Many bird species will devour the red berries, such as cardinals and bluebirds. And because the berries typically persist on trees even during early-winter snows, your tree will provide an important winter food source for the birds when the snow covers other food sources. After the leaves have fallen at the end of the growing season, you may even see some bird nests in its branches. Not only does this tree feed the birds, it also provides shelter and nesting sites for our feathered friends – what a super wildlife habitat tree!

    Size, Shape, and Silhouette
    If you want a flowering tree but your yard is small, Ragin’ Red™ Dogwood may be the perfect fit. It’s classified as a small tree, with a mature height that typically reaches around 20 feet. It’s about as wide as it is tall, which gives it such a beautifully rounded shape – a balanced and full look. When trees are shaped this way, they add an aesthetic and architectural quality to any landscape year-round. Unlike other types of deciduous trees that have an unattractive dormant-season appearance, Ragin’ Red™ Dogwood’s winter silhouette is truly artistic!

    Add This Native Plant to Your Landscape Design
    Ragin’ Red™ Dogwood is a cultivar (cultivated variety) of the dogwood species that is native to Eastern North America, and it grows as a perennial in USDA Plant Hardiness Zones 5 through 9. It’s a versatile plant that you can incorporate into your landscape design in numerous ways. As a single specimen tree in your lawn, Ragin’ Red™ serves as a dazzling focal point. It will definitely be a conversation piece as your patio shade tree. Plant a row of trees as a backdrop that features shorter plants in front. Cluster a group of three Ragin’ Red™ Dogwood trees in a triangular pattern at one corner of your yard.

    The Importance of Establishment
    As a native tree, Ragin’ Red™ Dogwood is adaptable to many soil types and climates. The most important thing you can do for the health and longevity of Ragin’ Red™ is to cover these two bases when you plant your tree:

    1. Plant it properly. If this step is overlooked, your Ragin’ Red™ Dogwood may experience slow growth and have difficulty becoming established. First, find a sunny spot. Trees can handle full sun in northern climates, but they’ll grow better in southern climates with a little afternoon shade. Dig a planting hole that’s wider than deep – two to three times the width of the root ball but only as deep as the root ball. When you remove the soil from the planting hole, loosen it but don’t add amendments. Set your tree in the hole, making sure the top of the root ball is at soil level. Use the loosened soil you removed to backfill the hole.

    2. Keep it watered. This is another essential step. For the first couple of weeks after planting, water your Ragin’ Red™ Dogwood tree every day if it doesn’t rain. After that, water it twice a week during the first growing season. Water it deeply – enough to saturate the entire root system – making sure that the site doesn’t hold standing water, which can cause the roots to rot.

    Low-Maintenance Management
    Although it’s not a plant-it-and-forget-it tree, it requires only a minimum of care once it’s established. After you’ve properly planted your Ragin’ Red™ Dogwood tree, follow these easy-care tips to keep it healthy:

    Mulch. Apply a 3- to 4-inch layer of organic mulch around the tree, underneath the entire canopy. As your tree grows wider, extend the circle of mulch. Don’t pile the mulch against the trunk; pull it away at least 6 inches.

    Water. The first two growing seasons bring the most important watering needs for your young Ragin’ Red™ Dogwood tree. If rainfall doesn’t supply 1 inch of water each week from March through October, be sure to water your tree deeply and thoroughly to provide this equivalent amount.

    A Tip to Avoid Trunk Damage
    Dogwood trees are susceptible to damage from a pesky insect called a dogwood borer, which is the larval stage of a particular moth. The larvae enter trees through wounds on the bark, where they set up residence and feed on the tree. If the larval population is large enough, their feeding damage can kill a tree. Because dogwood trees are commonly planted in lawns, they are often nicked with lawn mowers and string trimmers. These nicks create open wounds in the bark, which allow the borers easy access to enter the tree. The best way to prevent borers from damaging your tree is to prevent damage to the tree itself by mowers and trimmers. Another tip is to drive three metal stakes into the soil around your tree (approximately 12 inches from the trunk) to form a guard that prevents mower damage.

    Did You Know?
    Although we use flowering dogwood trees as ornamental plants in our landscape designs, they have served different purposes throughout history. The wood has been used to make roller skate wheels, golf club heads, and even knitting needles. Native Americans steeped dogwood bark in water to make a tea that was used to treat fevers, pain, and weakness.

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