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Look, our native dogwoods are not glamorous shrubs. Red Twigs do give you pretty winter interest. I know many of you feel strong about planting native plants in your landscape. Both Red Twigs and Silky dogwoods should find a place in your plans. Great structure for predator protection and nesting, the berries are a great food source, and once established, benefit from deer foraging. Beauty is often only skin deep. These gals have soul.
Red Twig Dogwood Cornus sericea
• If you’ve walked near a swampy bog, you’re familiar with this native shrub
• Prefers sun to partial shade for optimum color; moist woodland conditions. If not pruned, 6’ H x 6’W and will spread by suckers – remove suckers to control spread
• Very important habitat and food source for a variety of birds and animals with small white flowers in late spring, berries in fall and winter structure all winter
• Yearly early spring pruning is recommended as new growth produces the brightest red for winter interest
Some photos by Proven Winners Inc. www.provenwinner.com