'Artic Fire' Dogwood Isn't Red

nerdyshopperSeptember 18, 2011

Three years ago we wanted dwarf red twig dogwoods in front of our house. I found a variety called Artic Fire and bought three. The problem is the twigs that were supposed to turn red when the leaves drop have never turned red. At best green with some redish blotches. I wonder if anyone else has tried this plant and what your experience has been. Maybe I'm expecting too much, but the local full size red twigs in our neighborhood are beautiful and dark red in winter.

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laceyvail(6A, WV)

Mine are deep red. The key is to cut them back to stubs every spring. New growth has the deepest color.

    Bookmark   September 19, 2011 at 6:10AM
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bboy(USDA 8 Sunset 5 WA)

Would this be the north side of the house?

    Bookmark   September 20, 2011 at 11:06AM
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They are on the north side of our house and it is pretty shady in the late afternoon. When we got them, the instructions said not to prune them for 3 years to allow them to develop and accimate to the location. I will be able the prune them next spring.

    Bookmark   September 21, 2011 at 10:09AM
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bboy(USDA 8 Sunset 5 WA)

The shade might have something to do with it. Some "twig" dogwoods do not do well having all the stems cut down every year, taking only the 1/3 of them that are the oldest and least colorful each time might work better for you.

    Bookmark   September 21, 2011 at 2:49PM
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