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Red Twig Dogwood – Cornus Sericea
The Red Twig Dogwood is a deciduous shrub native to North America. It can grow just about anywhere but particularly fond of swampy areas, along rivers and lakes, or in the wetland margins, which lands it in the three to eight zone markers. The best time to see the blooms is during the May and June months. The Red Twig Dogwood can grow to be as tall as nine foot, with a spread that can reach out to twelve feet. The thick, sturdy stems, or trunks per say, of this tree, is usually a deep red which allows it to “pop” in a snowy landscape. It can also be a yellowish orange in color. The two to five-inch leaves of the Red Twig Dogwood is ovate with medium green, sometimes dark green color. During the autumn months, these leaves can change to a variety of orange and red shades until they eventually fade into purple. During their bloom period, they show off white clusters that can sometimes appear a light blue during the summer months.
Red Twig Dogwood is a Flowering Plant and is native throughout northern and western North America from Alaska east to Newfoundland, south to Durango and Nuevo León in the west, and Illinois and as far east as Virginia. Red Twig Dogwood is very similar to the Silky Dogwood in terms of planting conditions, just like the Silky Dogwood shrub it would fare well and be ideal planted near a downspout disconnected as it is very tolerant to Seasonal Flooding, so most Boggy and Wet Woodland areas would be best for a Red Twig Dogwood Shrub however it is adaptable to most soils but is very Intolerant to Drought and Restricted Water Conditions. Red Twig Dogwood is often used to stop riverbanks eroding away because its Root System provides Excellent Soil Retention. The Plateau Indians often ate the Berries it grew to cure Colds, and to Slow Bleeding, It would be best to let the Wildlife engage in the consumption of these Berries.These are unique as the stems of these trees and shrubs are reddish as they grow.
They look amazing when placed in a garden or natural area. These grow great in soils that are wet and always moist but well drained. They can be seen rising in wooded areas where lighting and soil conditions are right for them.
Red twig dogwood shrub is an excellent choice for a decorative plant because of its year-round beauty. In growing season it has silky, broad, oval leaves that are dark green on top with a lighter edge with a lighter, gray-green on the bottom. It also produces small white flowers and round white berries. The plant's real beauty, however really begins to show as it enters the dormant season. In Fall, the leaves darken into a bright red or even purple color. Once the leaves have all fallen, it is a vibrant plant with dark red branches and twigs that look beautiful against a snowy, white background. The red when they are bare makes them a popular choice for year-round decorative landscaping.
This shrub is hardy, fast growing and very large. They are tall, growing between five and fifteen feet upward, with nearly twice the width. The vast root system that it has to match provides excellent soil retention. The plant is often used to prevent erosion and for restoration by Agencies in Canada and the United States. They are reasonably fast growing and will reach full size by the second growing season. The red twig dogwood likes a temperate climate and does best in between. In the wild, this shrub is often found in wetlands. It prefers its soil to be significantly moist and thrives best when it is federalized to be a little bit acidic. Shaded plants often lack some of the vibrancy of the branches, so for a redder color, they should be planted where they can soak up as much sunlight as possible. Both beautiful and functional, the red twig dogwood shrub makes an excellent landscaping option.
Red Twig Dogwood