6 to 8 ft.
8 to 12 ft.
northern United States
sun to part shade
USDA zones 2-7
hardy to 10,000 ft.
Redtwig dogwood is a native shrub that usually grows at the edges of lakes, ponds, wetlands, and streams. It is a multi-stemmed, broad spreading shrub that spreads by suckering.
It is grown mainly for the color of the branches, which have great appeal in the winter landscape due to their bright red color. The leaves are medium to dark green in the summer. The flowers of redtwig dogwood are not extremely ornamental, but are held in clusters and are dull white in color. White berries appear in late summer and are attractive to the birds.
Redtwig dogwood was one of the original shrubs planted at the Xeriscape Garden. Its stems are beautiful in the winter, but it requires regular water during the growing season to perform well. Will grow well in a moderate or high water zone.
Prune out any damaged or dead branches as needed. This shrub spreads by suckers and may need to be root pruned with a spade to control its spread.