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CORNUS sanguinea (ARCTIC SUN™)

Image of Cornus sanguinea 'Cato' (ARCTIC SUN™) PPAF

Family

Cornaceae

Botanical Name

CORNUS sanguinea 'Cato'(ARCTIC SUN™) PPAF

Plant Common Name

Arctic Sun™ Dogwood, Bloodtwig Dogwood

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General Description

The Arctic Sun™ bloodtwig dogwood is a multi-stemmed, deciduous shrub with upright yellow branches with intense red blush. Tri-colored winter twigs of gold, orange and red are the highlight of the exceptional bloodtwig dogwood, 'Winter Flame.' New growth is most brightly colored. Vibrant yellow and orange fall foliage color is an added bonus. This moderately compact cultivar was hybridized by noted Cornus breeder, Andre van Nijnatten of Zundert, Netherlands.

Bloodtwig dogwood is European in origin and develops a spreading, suckering habit. In early summer it produces many flattened, rounded clusters of white flowers followed by small, oval, blue-black fruits that are attractive to birds. In autumn, its green simple leaves turn shades of yellow and orange before dropping. The twigs are also brightly colored and remain attractive through winter.

This shrub grows best in sites with full sun to partial shade and fertile, moist but well-drained soil. It suckers readily and should be hard pruned each late winter, to encourage more colorful new growth and maintain a manageable size. Cold tolerant and tough, Arctic Sun™ may be used as an informal screen or naturalistic garden. Incorporate it into a mixed border or spacious foundation planting with low-growing evergreens for a dramatic winter display.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    7 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    4 - 8

  • Sunset Zone

    1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7

  • Plant Type

    Shrub

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun

  • Height

    3'-4' / 0.9m - 1.2m

  • Width

    3'-4' / 0.9m - 1.2m

  • Bloom Time

    Early Summer, Summer

  • Native To

    Europe

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam, Sand

  • Growth Rate

    Fast

  • Habit

    Thicket/Colonizing

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Insignificant

  • Flower Color

    White

  • Fruit Color

    Indigo, Black

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Light Yellow, Gold, Tan

  • Bark Color

    Yellow, Red, Tan

  • Bark Color Modifier

    Multi-Color

  • Fragrant Flowers

    Yes

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    No

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    Yes

Special Characteristics

  • Bark Texture

    Smooth

  • Usage

    Container, Feature Plant, Foundation, Hedges, Mixed Border

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Birds

  • Self-Sowing

    No