Plant of the Week: Red Twig & Yellow Twig Dogwood

These upright shrubs are some of the few deciduous plants that shine even brighter after they lose their leaves in fall and that is thanks to their vibrantly colored branches. As the names suggest, Red Twig and Yellow Twig Dogwoods have strikingly colorful branches that they show off fall and winter, adding bright interest during the months when other plants are dormant. New leaf growth will emerge in spring, and both varieties will bloom white flowers.

While some varieties can reach up to 9 feet tall, most Red Twig and Yellow Twigs average 3 to 5 feet tall at maturity. Perfect for mass plantings, borders and hedges.

Full sun preferred. Can tolerate part sun, but branch color may not be as vibrant.

Well-draining soil preferred, but they are tolerant of most soil types.

Prune in late winter or early spring. As branches age, they can lose vibrancy. Thinning out older branches encourages new growth with more vibrant color.

Fertilize in spring with an acidic fertilizer like HollyTone.

Red Twig Dogwood
Yellow Twig Dogwood