Plant of the Week: Red Twig Dogwood

Red Twig Dogwood, Cornus alba

6 to 9 ft Wide and 8-12 ft Tall

Full Sun

Spring Booming

White Blooms

​Perennial Shrub

Red Twig Dogwoods are native throughout most of northern and western North America. They can be susceptible to a variety of fungal problems like leaf and twig blights, canker, and leaf spots, but these rarely kill the plant.

​Uses: Colorful landscape plant in the winter, Red Osier Dogwood was used by native Indian tribes externally and internally to treat diarrhea, fevers, and skin problems.

Hardiness zones: 3-8

Fun Fact: The newest growth on the plant typically gives off the most color. If you want more color in the winter, cut back the entire plant to the ground every 2-3 years in the springtime.

By: Sierra