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Kelsey's Red Twig Dogwood planted in a landscape, round growing shrub with dark green conical shaped leaves and round clusters of small white flowers
Close up of Kelsey's Red Twig Dogwood in late fall, all the leaves have dropped in late fall to show off this round growing shrubs bright red branching
Kelsey's Red Twig Dogwood planted in a landscape, round growing shrub with dark green conical shaped leaves and round clusters of small white flowers
Close up of Kelsey's Red Twig Dogwood in late fall, all the leaves have dropped in late fall to show off this round growing shrubs bright red branching

BRIGHT RED BRANCHING POPS DURING THE WINTER MONTHS 

FEATURES:

  • Showy, white clusters of small blooms appear in late spring 
  • Flowers attract bees and butterflies
  • Glossy green foliage lasts from spring until late summer, when it transitions to hues of orange, red, and purple in fall 
  • Little white berries following the blooms are loved by birds 
  • In winter, the exposed stems are a brilliant red
  • Perfect for use in erosion control, adding winter interest, or as a low growing, dwarf hedge
  • Hand Selected, Fresh from the Grower
  • Ships in a plant-safe designed box

Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 2-8
  • Mature Height: 2-3' tall
  • Mature Width: 2-3' wide
  • Exposure: Full Sun
  • Spacing: 1-2' apart

Kelsey's Red Twig Dogwood

Bower & Branch Trees and Plants

Cornus sericea 'Kelseyi'

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BRIGHT RED BRANCHING POPS DURING THE WINTER MONTHS 

FEATURES:

  • Showy, white clusters of small blooms appear in late spring 
  • Flowers attract bees and butterflies
  • Glossy green foliage lasts from spring until late summer, when it transitions to hues of orange, red, and purple in fall 
  • Little white berries following the blooms are loved by birds 
  • In winter, the exposed stems are a brilliant red
  • Perfect for use in erosion control, adding winter interest, or as a low growing, dwarf hedge
  • Hand Selected, Fresh from the Grower
  • Ships in a plant-safe designed box

Growth Facts

  • 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?

A petite growth habit with stunning, four season interest - you can't help but falling for the darling Kelsey's Red Twig Dogwood! In late spring, clusters of sweet white flowers appear against the dark green foliage. As the season progresses, the small blooms transform into berries that are quite popular amongst the birds and other small wildlife! By fall, the foliage turns to hues of orange, red, and purple before falling for the season. At this time, most shrubs go quietly into dormancy, but not the Kelsey's Red Twig Dogwood! Bright red branches decorate your bleak winter landscape, providing just the right amount of color at the time of year when it's tough to come by! Don't wait to decorate your landscape with this darling, dwarf Red Twig Dogwood!

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.

Planting Zones

Hardiness Zone: 2-8

How To Plant Kelsey's Red Twig Dogwood

The Kelsey’s Red Twig Dogwood prefers a location where full to part sun is available. For the deepest red winter color, it would be best to plant in full sun, but dappled shade won't hinder growth! It offers adaptability to various soil types, but prefers a moist, well draining soil. Maintenance is minimal as the only pruning needed is for shape and removing any damaged branching. 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

Once in the ground, you will want to keep a normal watering schedule for your Kelsey's Red Twig Dogwood at a minimum of 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

When planting, it's best to feed your Kelsey's Red Twig Dogwood with the Bower & Branch Elements Starter Plant Food. For ongoing care, fertilize in early spring each year, before the flush of new growth!

How To Prune

Generally speaking, the Kelsey’s Red Twig Dogwood requires minimal pruning. In winter, if you so choose, you may remove older growth to allow the push of new growth in the following season. We can also advise removing any dead or damaged branches for a more tidy look.


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