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Dogwood shrubs are deciduous shrubs that are very useful for designing a landscape that provides four seasons of interest. These fast-growing shrubs add spectacular color to any planting when little else is attracting any attention. Unlike most deciduous shrubs that end their show once the leaves fall, dogwood shrubs genuinely stand out in the garden after leaf drop. Dogwood shrubs will remind you that there are four seasons in the landscape every winter when their true virtues light up the landscape.
Dogwood shrubs are an underutilized group of shrubs for the landscape. Dogwood shrubs offer four seasons of color. They burst forth with white flowers that early-season pollinators adore in the spring. Unlike their larger cousins, the dogwood trees form large single flowers; the dogwood shrub family produces clusters of hundreds of tiny white spring flowers.
The stems produce bright green foliage or variegated leaves like the Ivory Halo Dogwood in the mid-spring. In the fall, the leaves change to a pleasing purple-red color before dropping to expose the white or porcelain blue berries, which persist well into the winter and provide food sources for birds during the cold winter months.
The best part and the reason they get their name is the brightly colored stems that light up the winter landscape. Bright red or yellow winter stems hide under the foliage all summer and burst forth once the leaves drop to steal the show. This gives the dogwoods their common name, Red Twig Dogwood and Yellow Twig Dogwoods.
Types of Dogwood Shrubs
Dogwoods are a large and diverse group of plants containing bot trees and shrubs. Dogwood shrubs should not be confused with dogwood trees. Dogwood shrubs are multi-stemmed bushes that are best planted in groups rather than single-stem specimen trees. Extensive plantings of red-stemmed dogwoods are a standout in well-planned landscapes.
Whether using red twig dogwood shrubs or yellow twigged dogwoods, it's best to provide a dark backdrop of large evergreens to enhance the color.
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The deep red stems make this a more popular choice by gardeners in the U.S, generally due to the explosion of red color that takes over in the winter. There are many selections of this native shrub ranging in height from 3.5 feet to 8 feet. Recent advances in breeding have made sections to fit any sized landscape.
This group is typically referred to as the Red Osier Dogwood or Cornus sericea and is native to the United States. The early spring white flowers are fragrant and produce white berries. This group is tolerant of wet areas and makes a stunning addition to a rain garden in full sun to partially shaded locations. The species red twig dogwood Cornus baileyi is a standout member of this family.
Yellow Twig Dogwoods:
This smaller group of plants are cultivars of the Cornus Sericea family of Dogwood shrubs. Unlike its cousin that produces bright, red winter stems, this group has yellow stems. The leaves and berries are similar to the red-stemmed Dogwood. While not quite as showy as its cousins, these shrubs are excellent choices for naturalizing and providing habitat and food sources for local birds and wildlife.
This relatively new group of plants has begun to find its way into the American Landscape. Native to Europe, the stems of this plant start yellow at the bottom and gradually change to orange or red towards the tip resembling flames. The fragrant white flowers turn to dark purple berries that are attractive to birds.
Blood twigs or Cornus sanguinea are more drought tolerant than their American cousins and are excellent choices for hillside plantings in full sun or part shade. This group stays shorter, only reaching heights of 3 to 5 feet.
Also known botanically Cornus Alba, these plants are native to eastern or central Asia and produce white flowers in the spring, which turn to white berries in the fall. While not as flamboyant as the red-twig dogwoods of North America, these shrubs have interesting leaf shapes, textures, and colors. Cornus Ivory Halo produces large green leaves edged in white and grow to 5 feet tall.
This species is closely related to the Cornus sericea family and is generally considered by many to be the same species. One standout member of this group is the Pucker Up Dogwood. Known for its attractive "Puckered" foliage and compact growth habit, this also stands out due to its resistance to leaf spots. Typically reaching only 3 to 4 feet tall, it's a good choice for smaller gardens.
Selecting the Best Type of Dogwood Shrub for Your Landscape
There is an extensive array of different types of Dogwood Shrubs. All types typically do well in full sun to part shade in various soil conditions. And choosing the best type of Dogwood comes down to the location and size of the garden.
Extreme northern gardeners will find the Red Osier types or Cornus sericea reliably hardy as far north as Zone 2. This is by far the hardiest of the dogwood bushes. All other types will be reliably hardy in gardens as far north as zone 3 in the United States.
The red osier type is also useful in the deep south, where heat and humidity affect dogwood bushes. Cornus sericea is unaffected by the heat as far south as zone 9, while the other varieties thrive only as far south as 7 or 8 in some cases.
The most vivid stem colors come from the new growth, so pruning is often a way to enhance the winter interest of these colorful plants. As the plants age, rejuvenation pruning can be done. Regenerative pruning is simply the act of removing one-third of the items in the fall. Pruning can also help reduce the plant's overall height, allowing it to fit into smaller landscapes.
A by-product of this procedure is that pruning the stems in the fall allows you to incorporate the cut branches into colorful holiday arrangements and entryway pots.
Using Dogwood Bushes in Containers
Container gardening has become one of the hottest trends in gardening. Using dogwood bushes is an excellent way to add year-round color to pots. Their growth habit allows space around the perimeter of the pot for annuals or perennials that complement the colorful stems. Even apartment dwellers can enjoy shrubs planted in containers on their deck or patio.
When growing dogwood shrubs in pots, the only requirements will be regular watering and a timed-release fertilizer application in the spring to provide the needed nutrients for the shrub.