Red Twig Dogwood Shrub (Cornus sericea)

Red Twig Dogwood Shrub


What is Red Twig Dogwood Shrub

It’s a shrub that sparks conversation…with fantastic winter color, weather adaptability, and drought tolerance, the Red Twig Dogwood is truly one-of-a-kind.

In spring, you get attractive white flowers. Summer brings a well-shaped shrub with beautiful green leaves. And finally, fall starts warming up with red fall foliage. Come winter, the leaves drop, exposing the Red Twig’s amazing bright red bark, living up to its name.

Use the Red Twig Dogwood as a privacy screen or even as a foundation hedge. It makes an attractive large shrub all by itself but is definitely most dramatic when several are planted together. Thriving in full sun or shade (but getting the most vibrant color with more sun), the Red Twig is a hardy, thriving selection that’s second to none.

It’s a hardy, drought-tolerant shrub that also does well in soggy areas. It’s not fussy about soil and withstands the coldest conditions, anywhere in the country. You can even bring the flaming red stems inside for floral arrangements or as decoration at those festive holiday dinners…or plant one outside a window to enjoy its carefree, spectacular form year-round.

No matter where you grow it, your Red Twig Dogwood Shrub is ready to explode with rich color.

When you order from GardenCenterPoint, you get a Red Twig Dogwood that arrives at your door with a well-developed root system, ready to take off almost immediately. And unlike other large retailers or garden centers, we never ship bare-root…so you get the best head start possible since your Red Twig is planted in nutrient-rich soil.

Soon, you won’t know how you lived without this delightfully different shrub as a part of your outdoor scenery.

Red Twig Dogwood Shrub (Cornus sericea) Cornus sericea

How to Grow and Care for Red Twig Dogwood Shrub

Red Twig Dogwood Shrub (Cornus sericea) Growing Requirements

Hardiness zone 2-8 outdoors


In terms of sunlight requirements, Red Twigs will tolerate partial shade, but their signature red bark will be brightest if they are planted in full sun (6 to 8 hours of sunlight daily) and well-drained soil. If you live in zone 8, plant choose a location that is more protected from the sun with good airflow

Dig your planting hole twice the width of the root ball and just as deeply enough so that it’s level with the surrounding area. Remove the plant from the container by gently tapping on the ground and easing the plant out of the container.

Place the shrub in the planting hole and backfill with your blend of native and gardening soil and gently tap down to secure the plant. Water the planting site to settle the soil then mulch to retain soil moisture.


Create a mulch barrier around the tree’s trunk at planting. Keep the mulch five or six inches away from the trunk itself to help the tree retain water. Water the Red Twig thoroughly once or twice weekly – if you’re not sure when to water, simply check the surrounding soil about 2 or 3 inches down. If the soil is dry here, it’s time to water.

Red Twig Dogwood Shrub (Cornus sericea) Details

Common name Red Twig Dogwood Shrub
Botanical name Cornus sericea
Plant type Shrubs, Hedges
Hardiness zone 2-8 outdoors
Growth rate Medium
Height 6-8 ft.
Width 6-8 ft.