Cornus sanguinea 'MIDWINTER FIRE'

Cornus sanguinea
Cornus sanguinea  'MIDWINTER FIRE'
common dogwood, bloodtwig dogwood
SIZE/TYPE medium-sized shrub
USUAL HEIGHT 1-1.5m
USUAL WIDTH
LEAVES deciduous broadleaf
COLOUR OF LEAVES green
FLOWERS less showy but noticeable
COLOUR OF FLOWERS white
BLOOMING TIME May - May
LOCATION full sun to shade
USDA zone (lowest) 4   (down to -34°C)
WINTER PROTECTION  
FOR ZONE 5+6 Code of winter protection zone 5+6
FOR ZONE 7 Code of winter protection zone 7
BELONGS TO CATEGORIES Deciduous broadleaf
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Bloodtwig dogwood is a low-maintenance shrub that is popular especially in parks and gardens with reduced time for regular care.

Its main attraction are beautifully coloured leafless branches in winter. This variety shows glowing orange at the base to vivid red and purple towards the top of new, semi-glossy branches. To make sure the colour display will be stunning every year it is recommended to cut it back every couple of years to about 15 cm to encourage new growth with best colouring in winter.

Deciduous leaves are elliptical to ovate, dark green. Flowers are composed in numerous umbels coming out in mid spring. Their scent is not attractive for humans but for insects. Not to say that it stinks, we just think it is best viewed rather than smelled. Leaves turn grave shades of yellow, orange, pink and purple in autumn. Its winter colours will look great if planted in front of larger evergreen shrubs (conifers,cherry laurels or hollies).

It grows medium fast about 1.5m tall and wide and can adapt to nearly any type of soil. It will even cope with slightly wet ground. Bloodtwig dogwood can be placed anywhere but will show the best colours in full sun. It is extremely hardy down to -34°C (USDA zone 4).

Last update 22-12-2007
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GLOSSARY
  • STANDARD QUALITY - Plants of this group are 1st class quality with number of branches and overall density adequate to their size and age, considering they were container grown.
  • DE LUXE QUALITY - This label guarantees a luxurious quality of manually selected plants that, compared to their height and age, are exceptionally dense and beautiful.
  • EXTRA - These plants are usually mature and bigger specimens with exceptional overall appearance.
  • STANDARD (as described in the plant form) means a tree with a trunk of 190-210 cm and a crown at the top, unless specified differently. The commercial size for trees is their girth measured in the height of 1m from ground.
  • HOBBY - These plants are of the same quality as our standard-quality plants but younger and therefore cheaper.
  • SHRUB - a woody plant with branches growing bushy from the ground level.
  • HALF-STANDARD or MINI-STANDARD - a small tree with shorter trunk, its size is usually specified.
  • FEATHERED - These are trees with branches growing already from the base of the trunk and up along the stem.
  • GRASSES and PERENNIALS - Sizes given usually read the diameter of the pot or the clump, as specified.
LARGE PLANTS over 150 cmspecimens, screening and hedging shrubs

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