Red Osier Dogwood in bloom
The Dogwood is a thicket-forming shrub that quickly grows to 10 ft. high by 7 to
8 ft. wide. It has small, white flowers that are followed by small, white fruit.
In the fall, its foliage turns from green to purple. In the winter, the stems are
red, providing a nice contrast to the snow cover. This plant is rugged, tolerating
most soil conditions except for droughty soils. With additional water, growth rates
of 3 to 4 feet per year are possible. It will even grow in wet, swampy conditions
and may thrive in sun or shade. The Dogwood is good cover for birds and wildlife.
For a screen or windbreak, plant 2 to 3 feet apart.
Red Osier Dogwood showing red twigs early spring
Red Osier Dogwood in winter