Red Twig Dogwood Shrub

Red Twig Dogwood Shrub

  • Showy spring flowers

  • Whimsical red bark

  • Red fall foliage

  • Berries are loved by birds

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Native Shrub Showcasing Unusual Red Bark, Showy Summer Flowers, and Red Fall Color for an All Season Appeal.

Looking for a unique yet tasteful flowering shrub to add visual appeal to your landscape? The Red Twig Dogwood Shrub is unlike anything you've ever seen before!

Cornus sericea, as it is botanically named, and often called the Red Osier Dogwood, is a small deciduous shrub that features bright red stemmed bark all year long and beautiful summer flowers. Red twig dogwood flower clusters bloom in late spring to early summer and are yellowish-white in color.

The flowers mature into red twig dogwood berries that are attractive to native birds and other wildlife as a beneficial food source. The white berries appear in early fall through the cold season for winter interest. Red twig dogwood leaves emerge dark green in spring and eventually fade to a dark red or crimson color in fall to show off gorgeous fall colors.

The Red Twig Dogwood bush is a good choice for stand alone plantings or kept in containers. Alternatively, plant several twig dogwood varieties in groups to create a striking and unforgettable look in your garden space. You can also turn these plants into a Red Twig Dogwood hedge for privacy.

Red Twig Dogwood Care

One of the most cold hardy shrubs, you can grow this Dwarf Red Twig Dogwood native across the United States in USDA zones 2-9. These red bushes are not picky on soil types and can grow in a variety of spaces including wet soils. They are best grown in rich soil that is well draining in a spot with full sun to partial shade.

The best time to plant red twig dogwood is in early spring or early fall so the plant has enough time to settle before winter.

For the first year of planting, keep the soil consistently moist to help establish a strong root system. Once rooted, the small tree or shrub is drought tolerant. Fertilize in spring just before new growth begins.

How Big Does a Red Twig Dogwood Grow?

The Red twig dogwood size can grow up to 6-10 feet tall and 5-8 feet wide at maturity. They are rapid growers (unlike other dogwood trees) and the red twig dogwood growth rate is up to 2 feet per year.

Red twig dogwood spacing should be between 5-6 feet apart to allow the plant to grow into its natural shape.

When to Prune Red Twig Dogwood?

Pruning red twig dogwood trees is not required but many growers do prune to keep the bark colors vibrant. The best time to prune is in early spring at the start of the growing season so the red branches can grow back with vigor.

How to Prune Red Twig Dogwood?

The best red colors appear on new wood. In early spring, prune back 20-25% of the oldest stems to encourage new growth to flush out for spring if your goal is to have a bright & colorful shrub. Alternatively, prune the multi stems almost back to the ground every 2 or 3 years to have the same effect. The loss of white flower blooms isn't considered too much of a casualty because of how simple they are.

Do Deer Like Red Twig Dogwood?

Deer are not too attracted to Red Twig Dogwood Varieties and they are considered deer resistant. This makes it a great contender for gardeners who deal with deer or other hungry wildlife frequently.

Shop the Red twig dogwood for sale today and add one of the most visually appealing plants on the market to your collection!

Shipping information

Once your Red Twig Dogwood Tree order is placed, we will ship your plant(s) within seven business days year round unless during the checkout process you request otherwise in the space provided to do so.

Perfect Plants’ shipping specialists carefully package your plants using a proven packaging method that ensures your plants arrive healthy, colorfully alive and ready to flourish. We’ve coined the term ‘upside down box test’ and we do just that; we carefully package so that regardless of the direction your box is handled, it will not harm your precious plant that’s inside.

No shipping process is without a problem from time to time. On rare occasions some plants may experience some of the following during their transit: drooping, minor leaf-loss and/or minimal yellowing/discoloration, minor limb damage, etc. These instances are quite rare, but can happen when shipping plants in boxes.

Plants normally recover within a few weeks after planting. If a damaged box has injured your plant on the inside, please notify us within 5 days of receiving you package(s) by emailing us a photograph of the damage.

We always do our very best to ensure that your plants are packed and shipped in the safest, gentlest and most effective way possible.

Will my plants and trees look like the photographs?

Absolutely! Unlike other online nurseries, our photos are of actual plants and trees we’ve grown here, on our family operated nursery.

Growing our own plants and trees helps to ensure we ship you the best quality plants that are free of pests and diseases.

Your plants and trees may however not ship with flowers on them, like the photographs. This all depends on the time of year you buy your plant or tree. Crape Myrtle trees, for example, only bloom during the summer months, so if you purchase one during the spring or fall, they would ship without flowers. Once planted, your plants will grow and thrive giving you flowers for many years to come!

Pot Sizes

Pot sizes (commonly referred to in gallons) are shipped in the same size nursery trade pots which may vary in actual volume. Some plants may have been at the approximate pot size listed, but require excess dirt to be removed so that you will not be paying any additional shipping costs. This doesn’t happen very often though.

Shipping Fees

Our shipping charges are based on the value of your order and the destination it is being shipped. Please see the chart on the Shipping Info page to get an exact amount. We frequently have a free shipping promotion to help you save!



Dogwoods prefer well-drained soil that is lightly acidic. Red Dogwoods are more sun and heat tolerant than the white flowered variety, but those in Southern climates may prefer afternoon or filtered shade. They are drought tolerant once established but should be watered regularly until established and during periods of extended drought. Dogwoods need minimal pruning to maintain their shape, but any leggy, damaged or broken limbs should be removed in the summertime when the tree will not bleed sap from the cut.


Dig a hole approximately twice as wide as your new plant’s root ball and deep enough so that the top of the root ball is equal with the ground level.

Loosen the root ball using a small garden spade or by hand. Breaking smaller outer roots can encourage growth into the new soil, but take care to not damage large primary roots.

Place the plant in the hole and ensure that it is situated evenly upright. Use the excavated soil to fill in around the root ball, using your foot to pack it in firmly. Thoroughly soak with a hose as you fill in the dirt. Take great care to not leave any gaps or air spaces around the root ball as this could kill the plant.

A 2-4 inch layer of mulch is strongly recommended to help retain moisture and discourage weed growth. Apply mulch over the entire planting area but keep away from the stems or trunk by a few inches. Ensure that the plant and surrounding soil is completely soaked with water.

To ensure the proper nutrients are available for the life of your Red Twig Dogwood, our proprietary Perfect Plants Special Blend Soil and a once yearly application of Nutricote Total 360 Fertilizer are great considerations for your new plants!

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Botanical Name
Cornus sericea

Full Sun / Partial Shade

Flower Color

Foliage Color

Mature Width
6-10 ft

Mature Height
5-8 ft

Growing Zones 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9

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