Audubon Native Red Twig Dogwood and native birds
Native Red Twig Dogwood red fall leaves
Native Red Twig Dogwood red stems
Native Regions map for Red Twig Dogwood
Gray Catbird
Carolina Chickadee
Northern Cardinal
Tufted Titmouse
Audubon Native Red Twig Dogwood and native birds
Native Red Twig Dogwood red fall leaves
Native Red Twig Dogwood red stems
Native Regions map for Red Twig Dogwood
Gray Catbird
Carolina Chickadee
Northern Cardinal
Tufted Titmouse

Audubon® Native Red Twig Dogwood

Bower & Branch Trees and Plants

Audubon® Plants for Birds: Cornus stolonifera (sericea)

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FEATURES:

  • May Benefit & Attract: Waxwings, Finches, catbirds, titmice, cardinals & grosbeaks, thrushes, and kingbirds. 
  • The National Audubon Society protects birds and the places they need, today and tomorrow.
  • This bird-friendly native trees provides food and shelter for local and migrating birds and other wildlife
  • All Audubon® branded trees are grown 100% Neonic-free by Bower & Branch, making these plants safer for the birds and safer for the environment.
  • Hand Selected, Fresh from the Grower

 

Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 3-7
  • Mature Height: 3-4' tall
  • Mature Width: 3-4' wide
  • Exposure: Full Sun/Part Shade
  • Spacing: 3-4' apart

Why plant Audubon® Native Red Twig Dogwood?

According to the Morton Arboretum in Chicago, Redosier Dogwood offers food and shelter to more than 98 species of birds. Clearly, this is a plant that bird-lovers need to have in their gardens! Redosier Dogwood is one of the “Red-Twig” Dogwoods, shrubby Accents grown primarily for their stems, which turn a candy-apple-red color in winter. Birds don’t care about that, however—they love Red-Twigs for their plump white berries. The fruits ripen in August or September, and when they do, Cedar Waxwings, Purple Finches, catbirds, titmice, grosbeaks, robins, cardinals, kingbirds, and bluebirds are interested—not to mention at least 89 other species!

Northern gardeners rejoice! This one is just for you. Redosier Dogwood inhabits the entire northern half of the U.S., plus all the provinces of Canada. It dips down into the Southwest, too, but only at high elevations. This cold-hardy native laughs at frigid winters and hates hot, humid summers. In the wild, Redosier Dogwood is quite often found in open woods bordering swamps. It spreads via suckers and so performs a valuable service in stabilizing the soil and preventing erosion. Of course, it is also valuable to the birds and other creatures that live near it.

How to use Audubon® Native Red Twig Dogwood in the landscape?

Fantastic fall color, too! After the pretty white berries are gobbled up and before the blazing red stems are revealed, Redosier Dogwood puts on another performance. The leaves trade their green hue for shades of rosy-red and purple. Interior leaves may be yellow, so you often have a really neat rainbow effect.

Planting Zones

Hardiness Zone: 3-7

How To Plant Audubon® Native Red Twig Dogwood

Although Redosier Dogwood typically grows near swamps in its native haunts, you don’t have to grow it in wet soil in your landscape. This adaptable native is surprisingly drought tolerant once established, as long as it is grown where summers aren’t too hot. In hot areas, it is subject to a canker disease that is disfiguring or even fatal. Plant it in full sun or light shade. In the right conditions, Redosier Dogwood is easy to please and fast-growing. A hard pruning every few years will encourage the brightest red stems to form, though this will sacrifice fruit production in the following year.

How To Fertilize

Incorporate Elements Starter Plant food granular form into the soil when planting. If planting in spring or summer, start fertilizing late fall using Elements Starter Plant food granular form on an annual basis each late fall. Continue this for the first three years to get your plant well established.