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Arctic Fire Dogwood

Cornus stolonifera

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Arctic Fire Dogwood. Thin golden and reddish shrub.

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Arctic Fire Dogwood

The Arctic Fire dogwood will add a glowing red color to your wintry landscape. The stems turn a bright red in the winter and provide a beautiful contrast against the white snow. For that reason, these branches make a great addition to your holiday decor and outdoor planters. The clusters of white flowers form on the stems in the springtime. These flowers produce white berries that are enjoyed by the local birds. The flowers are also known to attract hummingbirds and butterflies, and they are repellent to most deer.

Plant Attributes

These native shrubs add a versatile element to your landscape. This dogwood enjoys both partial shade to full sunshine. While the Arctic Fire dogwood thrives in almost any type of soil, it prefers areas that will stay damp. The dark green foliage will provide an attractive feature throughout the year. As the leaves turn in the autumn season, you will see the glowing red color of the stems that are left behind. The Arctic Fire dogwood is the perfect shrub for large exterior spots in front of an entrance or as a frame for garage doors. When mixed with evergreen branches, these dark stems perk up your winter season containers.

Landscape Use

You should use these short hedges with fruits and flowers for an impressive winter show. This shrub works best as an informal hedge that only requires a limited amount of shearing. The bush should be given some room to allow it to reach its full spread. If you have a patio, the Arctic Fire will make an excellent screen for that area. When you add this shrub to the length of your driveway, it creates an efficient snow fence. The shrubs will disperse the winds and stop snow from drifting into your driveway.

If you are looking for a plant to add to your natural landscape, the Arctic Fire dogwood is a great choice. When used with an odd number in a group, you can scatter these shrubs throughout a garden or at the edge of a prairie. The Arctic Fire dogwood is an excellent border shrub that creates the perfect winter backdrop. With its bright red stems, these shrubs will stand out from the smaller evergreen shrubs in your landscape.

The Arctic Fire dogwood will stay compact. They are used as a foundation planting under windows. However, single plants can accentuate the corners of your porch or garage to soften those sharp angles. Since this deciduous shrub tolerates wet soil, you can use them in lower spots, such as a rain garden or pond. You can improve your local groundwater quality if you allow those shrubs to filter the water runoff from the streets or roofs.

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Arctic Fire Dogwood

The Arctic Fire dogwood thrives in USDA hardiness zones 2 to 7. This hardy shrub grows up to three to five feet in height and width. Throughout the years, it will continue to maintain an upright form. The Arctic Fire dogwood tolerates most soil types, and it can be planted in those low spots throughout your landscape. Since it can be used as a short hedge, it does best in a container or perennial garden.

If you are looking to keep the bright, red color of the branches, you need to prune it in the fall. The oldest and thickest stems should be cut at the ground level as you leave the younger stems in place. Pruning can be done any time in the winter or early spring. If you decide to prune, you will need to trim back less than 25 percent of the stems. However, with the Arctic Fire dogwood, pruning and maintenance are not required for this shrub.

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This compact dogwood will provide a spectacular sight during the winter days. These shrubs work well as a perennial or border, or they can be used in a flower arrangement. For a dynamic look to your holiday decor, you will want to choose the Arctic Fire dogwood for your landscape.

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Plant Features

  • Watering Needs: Water regularly – weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
  • Botanical Pronunciation: DAF-nay berk-WOOD-ee-eye
  • Plant type: Shrub
  • Deciduous/evergreen: Semi-evergreen
  • Growth rate: Moderate
  • Average landscape size: Moderate growing; reaches 3 ft. tall, 4 ft. wide.
  • Special features:
  • Dramatic Foliage: Color, Easy Care
  • Foliage color: Variegated
  • Blooms: Spring, often repeating in fall.
  • Flower color: Pink
  • Flower attributes: Fragrant, Showy Flowers
  • Garden style: Asian/Zen, Cottage, Rustic
  • Design Ideas: Ideally sized shrub for a wide range of applications. Perfectly tailored to foundation beds where floral fragrance is enjoyed at entries and windows. Add to the back of the perennial border for bright accent. Exceptional in small city gardens where just a few plants are allowed and therefore must be the best. Well adapted to the partially sunny conditions at the edge of large old shade tree canopies. An essential in the Southern and Victorian garden.
  • Companion Plants: Gardenia (Gardenia); Camellia (Camellia); Hydrangea (Hydrangea); Azalea (Azalea); Heath (Erica)

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