Plant of the Week: Red Twig Dogwood
The signature red twigs of the Red Twig Dogwood are a great focal point during the winter. Additionally, this plant shows color throughout the year due to the blossoms, leaves, and berries. To keep the vibrancy of the twigs, regular pruning is recommended.
Red Twig Dogwoods are native to North America and are generally found in wetlands, as they like damp soil. These can grow 1.5–4 m tall and 3–5 m wide. This is a great plant for creating a woodland garden. This is also great for erosion control as the roots are widely-spread and help soil retention.
How to care for Red Twig Dogwoods:
Plant these bushes in either partial sun or full. The signature bark color will be brighter if planted in full sun, however.
Some species of dogwoods will do better in well-drained soils, but these plants thrive in moist and acidic soils. Such as along river beds or ponds.
Here are some benefits to pruning:
- Encourages new growth
- Keeps the vibrancy of the color
- Can help to control pests or fungus
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