Ragin’ Red Dogwood (Cornus florida ‘JN13’)

Ragin' Red Dogwood

Are you looking for a small, colorful tree with a little bit of an attitude? Meet Ragin’ Red™ Dogwood (Cornus florida ‘JN13′). It has the darkest red flowers available on the market. This is an incredible, ultra-modern cultivar of a native tree. Ragin’ Red features dark red color in both flower and foliage!

You’ve seen white and pink Dogwood trees – well, this variety has screamin’ purple-red bracts surrounding the tiny true flowers! In spring, you’ll be knocked out by how the bare branches suddenly burst into a stunning floral display. The color display remains extremely showy for weeks and calls beneficial pollinators from near and far to enjoy a spring feast.

Let the neighborhood get jealous!

As the spring bloom fades, brilliant red new growth comes on. The foliage emerges bright red, giving you another welcome blast of color to your landscape. Summertime comes, and the leaves turn dark green with a red overcast. Enjoy these fine-textured trees, and they’ll cast dappled shade over your hammock chair and cooler stand.

The fireworks really start to heat up in the fall. The flowers give way to abundant clusters of deep red berries that will be displayed in fall persisting well into winter (if the local songbird population doesn’t carry them off first!). Then the burnished, deep burgundy fall color comes back to spark up the leaves. Blaze orange, deep red, and mellow purple join in to give you a big finale in early fall!

The color show may have ended, but you’ll love this variety of Dogwood in the winter, too! The upright, spreading branches capture and sculpt light snowfall to create a picturesque winter form.

What an epic way to end the growing season!

Hardy throughout USDA growing zones 5 to 8, it looks good anywhere you plant it, but the color will be bolder if the tree receives plenty of sun.

Planting and Application:

There are so many ways to fit these special trees in your space. Use one as a specimen to be proud of in your foundation planting, as a glorious street tree, or as a front yard focal point planting!

These vigorous small trees provide four seasons of interest, shade, and color! It is showy enough for sophisticated, high-end properties. But Ragin’ Red™ Dogwood also looks absolutely great next to a condo, cottage, bungalow, or free-standing shed! Add one 15 feet away from the corner of your house. You’ll love the way the intense color brightens up the outside of your home.

If you already have mature landscaping that needs a little boost, use these compact, colorful trees. They look terrific on the sunny side of older evergreen trees.

You’ll be really pleased with the performance and ornamental qualities of this superior selection. Be sure to include in your mixed shrub borders as a gorgeous backdrop or privacy hedge! Create a Red, White and Blue garden with Ragin’ Red™, blue Big Daddy Hydrangea, and white Annabelle Hydrangea.

Add Ragin’ Red to the sunny side of windbreaks and shelterbelts to boost the springtime and fall color interest, too. It looks especially beautiful along the sunny edge of a woodland. These are wonderful wildlife trees and shelter and feed a host of songbirds throughout the year!

  • Extremely Showy, Purple-Red Floral Bracts on Bare Branches in Spring
  • Flower Power that Lasts for Weeks – Pollinator-Friendly!
  • Stays Compact & Deeply Pigmented
  • New Leaves Are Fire-Engine Red, Maturing Dark Green With A Red Overcast
  • Fall to Winter Red Berry Clusters For Birds & Winter Interest
  • Rich Burgundy Fall Color With Pops of Orange & Purple
  • Woodland, Specimens, Groupings & Hedgerows
  • Cultivar of Native Flowering Dogwood

Tips for Care:

If your summers are blazing hot, plant Ragin’ Red™ Dogwood Trees in a spot that receives morning sun and afternoon shade preferred. Otherwise, the full sun will help your tree generate the best color, the most flowers, and the most bird-friendly fruit. Plant it in slightly acidic, well-drained organic soil. Use pine bark mulch or pine straw spread over the root system to a depth of 3-4 inches. Provide a medium amount of water on a regular basis. This is especially important for young trees in their first season. You’ll also want to water your tree well each year as you head into winter.

Use the Finger Test to determine if your plant needs water. Stick your finger into the soil near your new tree. If the soil is moist, skip watering that day. If it is getting dry, it’s time to water. Prune them to shape when dormant, and remove water growth or suckers after flowering. Decide what you want to keep first, then remove crossed branches and branches heading into the interior of the canopy to open it up for sunlight penetration and air circulation.

These gorgeous small trees represent the best of planned breeding programs in the Green Industry. You’ll love their colorful show and the easy-care nature!

  • Full Sun & Partial/Afternoon Shade
  • Needs Well-Drained Acidic Soil
  • Moderate Moisture Needs & Drought Tolerant Once Established
  • Prune When Dormant
  • Tolerates Salt, Deer, & Pest/Disease-Resistant

This colorful Dogwood variety is a terrific choice that makes everyone in your family happy. Why not give a Ragin’ Red™ Dogwood tree to your favorite Valentine? They cost about the same as a bouquet of long-stemmed red Roses but last a lot longer.

Ragin’ Red Dogwood (Cornus florida ‘JN13’) Details

Common name Ragin' Red Dogwood
Botanical name Cornus florida 'JN13'
Plant type Deciduous
Hardiness zone 5-8
Growth rate Medium
Height 15 - 20 ft.
Width 15 - 20 ft.
Sunlight Full Sun, Partial Shade
Moisture Medium
Soil condition Well Drained
Pollinator-friendly Yes
Pruning time When Dormant
Flower color Red