Pucker Up Red Twig Dogwood
Cornus stolonifera 'Neil Z' Plant Patent #24,812
Pucker Up Red Twig Dogwood has red stems in winter, clean, disease resistant foliage, compact habit. This is a plant I am very excited about and think that if you give it a try you will be equally as excited. It has the cleanest foliage we have ever seen on a shrub type dogwood. This is in our top 5 favorite plants right now.
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This unique version of our native red-twig dogwood offers a little twist: heavily textured foliage that has a "quilted" effect. Pucker Up Red Twig Dogwood makes an eye-catching addition to your landscape and thrives even in wet or partially shaded areas. Though it does flower and display some red coloration on its young stems, foliage is this variety's defining characteristic.In the winter landscape, Pucker Up Red Twig Dogwood is a standout, especially when grown against a light colored background or when displayed in a snowy landscape. It grows to around 3 to 4 feet tall and is equally as wide. It flourishes in dry soils once established but can also tolerate soil that tends to be slower draining which makes it perfect for that low area of your garden. In summer, it has the appearance of just another green shrub after its white blooms disappear in May. The flowers give way to beautiful porcelain blue berries that are adored by birds. When the days begin to shorten and the temperatures begin to fall, beautiful tones of red and purple are displayed before the leaves drop. Pucker Up Red Twig Dogwood is hardy from Zones 3-7 which makes it a highly sought after native plant for Mid-Atlantic gardening enthusiasts.
History and introduction:
Cornus is the Latin word for horn (like a unicorn). The Romans called the dogwood “cornel”, in reference to its wood, which is hard as the horn of a goat and useful for making a great many things. This is also a convenient way to remember the distinct leaf buds of red twig dogwood, which are narrow and pointed like horns. The species name sericea means silky, in reference to the fine hairs covering the leaves. The origin of the word “dogwood” itself is not totally settled. It may be a corruption of “dagwood”, from the use of its hard wood in making dags (or daggers). Alternatively, there is some evidence that a concoction of English Cornus leaves was used to treat dog mange in 17th century herbology. C. sericea is also commonly known as redosier dogwood. This may be confusing, since “osier” comes from the medieval term for willow (Salix sp.) In fact, the flexible young branches of C. sericea have long been used for basket weaving, much like the willows that grow in similar stream side thickets. Like most of our native plant species, dogwood has been, and continues to be, valued for its many benefits to humans. An extract made from the leaves, stems and inner bark can be used as an emetic for treating fevers and coughs (and a great many other ailments), and the inner bark scrapings have long been added to tobacco smoking mixtures. The red stems not only produce colorful weaving patterns, but can be used to make red, brown and black dyes.