BRIGHT RED BRANCHES CREATE BEAUTIFUL WINTER INTEREST
- Produces small white flowers in spring
- Foliage is glossy green in the summer changing to hues of orange, red, and purple in fall
- This shrub produces little white berries following the blooms that are loved by birds
- Small white flowers attract bees, and butterflies to work hard pollinating your shrub
- Perfect for use in erosion control, adding winter interest, and just being beautiful
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- Ships in a plant-safe designed box
- Hardiness Zone: 2-8
- Mature Height: 2-3' tall
- Mature Width: 2-3' wide
- Exposure: Full Sun
- Spacing: 1-2' apart
Why plant Kelsey's Red Twig Dogwood?
If you are looking for winter interest, Kelsey’s Red Twig Dogwood is exactly what you need. This is a small deciduous shrub growing about 2’ tall and wide. During spring we are greeted with small white flowers atop shiny green foliage. As the season progresses the small white blooms form berries that are loved by birds and other wildlife. The display of the Kelsey’s Red Twig Dogwood really kicks off come fall with the change of foliage from its summer green to hues of orange, red, and purple. Come dormancy, the foliage has all fallen and the Kelsey's Red Twig Dogwood still has something to offer. Bright red branches decorate bleak winter landscapes providing just the right amount of color where none can be found.
We can thank Harlan P. Kelsey a 20th century American Landscape Architect for the introduction of the Kelsey’s Red Twig Dogwood in 1939. Originally grown from the Red Twig Dogwood we are unsure if he collected his specimens from the wild but he did grow many from seed due to its dwarf form. Harlan P. Kelsey’s plant collections can still be seen today preserved at the Kelsey Arboretum.
How to use Kelsey's Red Twig Dogwood in the landscape?
This dwarf, colorful, deciduous, shrub is a must have for any landscape. Providing blooms in spring, berries and fall foliage, with winter interest the Kelsey’s Red Twig Dogwood has it all packed into a compact shrub. Not only visually stunning, Kelsey’s Red Twig Dogwood can help with erosion control in areas that are suffering. Try utilizing this shrub in locations where a border or hedge may be formed, as a foreground plant in beds, or planted in containers allowing multiple display locations.
Hardiness Zone: 2-8
How To Plant Kelsey's Red Twig Dogwood
Once purchased it's time to consider planting. The Kelsey’s Red Twig Dogwood offers adaptability to soils as well as locations where full or partial sun are available. While capable of thriving in locations where sun is dappled through the growing season for best winter color, full sun is the way to go. These shrubs are capable of thriving in most soils and containers as long as the soil is not dry. Maintenance is minimal, only really pruning for shape and removing any damaged areas. The Kelsey Red Twig Dogwood is also tolerant of deer drought and other pests and diseases making this a wonderful shrub to have at home.
How To Water
So you've planted your Kelsey’s Red Twig Dogwood and it's time to consider the watering process. No need to worry Bower & Branch has you covered. Once in the ground you will want to keep a normal watering schedule, we recommend at minimal twice a week until established. Once established you may cut watering down to once a week or when necessary. We also recommend keeping an eye on local weather and watering during periods of inclement weather such as high heat or drought.
How To Fertilize
Feeding your plants is one way to promote excellent growth and health. Achieve this by starting the process early. We recommend adding fertilizer to the planting site, this will initiate the first feeding of your plant. If you are planting in spring the next time you will want to feed your plant will be in fall before the start of winter. If planting in the fall the following spring will be a good time to complete another feeding. Maintain this process for the life of your plant and it will continue to grow happy and healthy.
How To Prune
After a good growing season it might be time to consider pruning your plants. Well you lucked out here, the Kelsey’s Red Twig Dogwood hardly requires any maintenance. In winter, if you so choose, removing older growth to allow the push of new growth in the following season is acceptable. We can also advise removing any dead or damaged branches for a more tidy look. Aside from the cosmetic haircut, no other pruning is required for this shrub. Just plant it and enjoy.
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