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CORNUS sanguinea 'Midwinter Fire'

Image of Cornus sanguinea 'Midwinter Fire'

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Family

Cornaceae

Botanical Name

CORNUS sanguinea 'Midwinter Fire'

Plant Common Name

Bloodtwig Dogwood, Midwinter Fire Bloodtwig Dogwood

General Description

Midwinter Fire bloodtwig dogwood is a multi-stemmed, deciduous shrub with upright branches and a spreading, suckering habit. This compact selection is grown for its colorful young stems of red that turn yellow-green as they age. In the early to midsummer it produces many flat clusters of white flowers followed by small, oval, blue-black fruits, which are attractive to birds. In fall, its medium green leaves turn golden yellow.

This shrub grows best in sites with full sun to partial shade and fertile, well drained but moist soil. It suckers readily and should be hard pruned each year, while dormant, to keep colorful new branches coming and to maintain a manageable size. Cold tolerant and tough, 'Midwinter Fire' is an attractive plant for an informal screen, hedge barrier or naturalistic garden.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    7 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    4 - 7

  • Sunset Zone

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

  • Plant Type

    Shrub

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun, Partial Shade

  • Height

    5'-6' / 1.5m - 1.8m (6)

  • Width

    5'-6' / 1.5m - 1.8m (6)

  • 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

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    White

  • Fruit Color

    Dark Blue, Black

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Lemon Yellow, Gold

  • Bark Color

    Red, Yellow Green

  • 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

    Glossy

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    Yes

Special Characteristics

  • Bark Texture

    Smooth

  • Usage

    Feature Plant, Hedges, Mixed Border, Screening / Wind Break

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    Sometimes

  • Attracts

    Birds

  • Self-Sowing

    No