- Common Name(s):
- Bloodtwig dogwood
- 'Winter Flame', 'Midwinter', 'Winter Beauty'
- Shrubs, Trees
Suckers freely to form a colony; not a specimen plant; use in mass plantings; easy to transplant; fibrous roots; very adaptable. Red twigs provide winter interest.
Seasons of Interest:
Foliage: Fall Bloom: Summer, early Fruit: Summer-Fall, red berries Twigs: Winter
Wildlife Value: Fruits are attractive to birds and plants provide nesting sites. Members of the genus Cornus support the following specialized bees: Andrena (Gonandrena) fragilis, Andrena (Gonandrena) integra, and Andrena (Gonandrena) platyparia.
Insects, Diseases and Other Problems: The Flowering dogwood, when stressed, is susceptible to a rather large number of disease problems, the most serious of which is dogwood anthracnose. This disease has caused considerable devastation in parts of the eastern U.S. The plants are also susceptible to powdery mildew, leaf spot, canker, root rot and leaf and twig blight. Stressed trees also become vulnerable to borers. Leaf miner and scale are less serious potential insect pests. The foliage is browsed by white-tailed deer.
- 6-15 ft.
- Opposite, simple, dull, dark green leaves; 1.5-3 in. long; blood-red to greenish-purple fall color; sun-exposed stem color is red
- Dull white flowers in May to early June; flat-topped cyme; 0.25-in. purplish-black fruit in fall
- Sun to partial shade; well-drained soil
- Loose, unkept floppy habit; spreading rounded top; multi-stemmed; dense, twiggy habit
- 6-15 ft.
- Growth Rate:
- Slow to moderate
- 1.5-3 in. simple, opposite leaves; blood-red fall color
NCCES plant id: 1508