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Arctic Fire Red Twig Dogwood for Sale - Buying & Growing Guide

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Cornus stolonifera 'Farrow'

The Arctic Fire Red Twig Dogwood, or Cornus sericea 'Farrow,' is one of the few shrubs that looks its best during the winter months. Although this plant loses its leaves at that time of year, it continues to add a bright pop of color to the landscape with its vibrant red stems. The Arctic Fire Red Twig Dogwood is also a convenient plant that is compact and capable of withstanding very cold climates. 

  • The bright red stems of the Arctic Fire Red Twig Dogwood stand out all year. 
  • This shrub is small enough to fit in planting areas with limited space. 
  • This plant has great cold hardiness.
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Plant Care

Sunlight

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The Arctic Fire Red Twig Dogwood can grow in full sunlight or partial shade conditions.

Watering

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Water your Arctic Fire Red Twig Dogwood about once every other week or whenever the first two inches of soil are dry.

Fertilizing

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Feed this plant with a general-purpose fertilizer once per year during the spring.

Planting and Care

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by John Haryasz | Horticulture Writer and Landscape Designer – last update on January 2, 2023

Planting instructions

Find an area that receives at least six hours of direct daily light and has soils with good drainage. Dig a hole that is as deep as the root ball is tall and at least twice as wide. Place your Arctic Fire Red Twig Dogwood in the hole and backfill the hole while watering. Alternatively, you can plant this shrub in a container since it is a small plant. If you choose this route, ensure your container is wide enough and allows for excellent drainage.

Watering and nutrients

The best way to water an Arctic Fire Red Twig Dogwood is by observing the soil moisture. When you notice that the first one to two inches of soil have dried out, you can add more water. During most of the growing season, this means you’ll be watering about once per week or once every other week, depending on the weather. You can feed your Arctic Fire Red Twig Dogwood once per year during the late winter or early spring using a general-purpose fertilizer that has an equal blend of nutrients.

Pollination

The Arctic Fire Red Twig Dogwood is a flowering shrub that blooms each year with a set of white flower clusters. Those flower clusters not only add immense ornamental value during the growing season, but they are also attractive to several insect pollinators, including some butterfly varieties. However, many Arctic Fire Red Twig Dogwoods are self-incompatible, which means you’ll likely need to plant more than one if you are interested in conducting pollination. With that said, pollination is not a common goal for those who grow this plant.

Pruning

Often, you can get by without pruning your Arctic Fire Red Twig Dogwood at all. Without pruning, this plant typically remains healthy and develops an attractive rounded form all on its own. However, it remains beneficial to prune this plant to remove any stem that is dead, damaged or diseased. Most pruning should take place during the late winter or early spring. When pruning, it is important to use a set of shears that are as sharp and sterile as can be to avoid damaging your plant.

Pests, diseases, and animals

Although the Arctic Fire Red Twig Dogwood is a low-maintenance plant overall, it is possible for it to run into some issues throughout its life. For instance, pests can be a nuisance for this plant, and scale insects, miners and aphids are some of the most common ones that will harm it. Additionally, disease issues such as blight, leaf spots, canker and more can detract from your Arctic Fire Red Twig Dogwood’s overall health.

Achieving maximum results

The Arctic Fire Red Twig Dogwood is a plant that is both functional and attractive. For example, if you have an eroding slope on your property, planting a few of these shrubs is an excellent way to stabilize the slope. If you are more interested in the appearance of this plant, you should know that the newer stems often hold the brightest red color. You can promote new stems by occasionally performing significant pruning to remove old wood.

FAQs

Where can the Arctic Fire Red Twig Dogwood survive?

The natural growing range of the Arctic Fire Red Twig Dogwood spans from hardiness zone seven all the way down to zone three. This means that this plant can survive temperatures that reach as low as -30 degrees Fahrenheit. As such, most gardeners throughout the contiguous United States, with the exception of the west coast and deep south, can grow this plant outdoors year-round without issue.

Why is it called an “Arctic Fire Red Twig Dogwood?

The common name for the Arctic Fire Red Twig Dogwood is a reference to this plant's cold hardiness and its bright red stems. Although this plant does not dwell in the arctic circle, it is capable of surviving in cold, snowy conditions. When the snow hits the ground, the bright red stems of this plant supply a fiery contrast that lasts until the leaves return.

What do the leaves of the Arctic Fire Red Twig Dogwood look like?

Although the red stems of the Arctic Fire Red Twig Dogwood are the main ornamental feature, the leaves of this plant are attractive as well. During most of the growing season, those leaves will have a dark green color and an ovate shape that spans about five inches at most. When fall approaches, these leaves will turn shades of orange and red. In most seasons, the leaves eventually become a purple color before they fall to the ground.

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Mature height
3-4 ft.
Mature width
3-4 ft.
Sunlight requirement
Full-Partial
Growth rate
Fast
Botanical name
Cornus stolonifera 'Farrow'
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Grows Well In Zones
3-7
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Growing Zones: 3-7 i Growing zones help determine if a particular plant is likely to grow well in a location. It identifies the average annual minimum winter temperatures across the U.S. provided as a map by the USDA.
(hardy down to -10°F)

Arctic Fire Red Twig Dogwood

Cornus stolonifera 'Farrow'
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