If you love red and want to add some warmth to your landscape, the Red Dogwood tree is the tree for you! Enjoy RED throughout the year, not just during the spectacular spring bloom!
Distinctive, rose-red blooms announce the arrival of spring. A few weeks later as the early spring cool transitions into hooray-winter-is-over warm, new leaves emerge with a shiny red tint. As the young leaves mature this tint fades to classic green. These oval-shaped, green leaves become a cozy, deep red in fall. But that isn't the end of the show! In fall, lovely, red berries form and last throughout winter.
When the Red Dogwood tree drops its leaves these shiny, red berries add color and interest, attracting birds and wildlife. So get out your binoculars and enjoy the show! The bark of this tree is an attractive and unique light gray color. It is delicate and smooth when the tree is young, and as the tree matures a scale-like texture is yet another source of appeal for this gorgeous tree.
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What Are The Red Berries On A Dogwood?
When the Red Dogwood tree drops its leaves these shiny, red berries add color and interest, attracting birds and wildlife. These berries are known to feed a variety of bird species throughout the autumn and winter months. The berries on this tree are nontoxic yet have been reported to create rashes if contact with the tree is made.
Where Should I Plant A Red Dogwood Tree?
Plant this adaptable tree in a spot that has well drained, slightly acidic soil and gets full sun to part shade exposure in grow zones 5-9.
How long Does It Take This Tree To Grow?
The Red Dowood is a slow to moderate grower and reaches a height of 25 feet in 20 years.
When planting your Red Dogwood tree be sure you have the right location and conditions for your new tree to thrive. Spring and fall are ideal times to plant. However, if you avoid extreme temperatures you can plant almost any time of the year.
These trees tolerate full sun to part shade. Provide some shade if you live in a warmer zone. Dogwoods prefer soil that is well-drained, neutral to acidic, and nutrient rich, but they are adaptable to many soils. If you have alkaline soil, you can amend your soil. To acidify your soil, amend with compost, elemental sulfur, or use fertilizers specific for acid loving plants. Mulching with pine straw or pine bark will help over time as they begin to break down, but are not an immediate solution for increasing acidity. Mulching will also aid in keeping the shallow roots cool and moist. Add a layer of 2 to 3 inches of mulch. Do not allow the mulch to touch the trunk as this increases the chances of pests and disease. Water deeply 1 to 2 times per week when newly planted. Once established this variety is drought tolerant, but will grow and bloom best when the soil is watered when it is dry. Fertilize in early spring and when planting to give your tree a boost. Choose a balanced, slow-release fertilizer like the one we carry here. Dogwoods do not generally require pruning, but if needed prune when they are dormant to remove any dead, dying, or crowded branches.
The showy Red Dogwood tree is a lovely accent or focal tree. Growing from 15 to 30 tall and wide at maturity, this dogwood is large enough to be a yard tree, but stays small enough to be used in a garden or a larger mixed or raised bed. The Red Dogwood tree looks vibrant planted with abelias and azaleas. Hostas are perfect for under your dogwood tree. Plant your dogwoods in groups of three for loads of color. This tree is beautiful for the entrance of your home or driveway. Plant several to line a long driveway. You will love being welcomed home by the year-round beauty of the Red Dogwood tree.
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|Soil Type||Acidic, Adaptable, Well Drained|
|Mature Height||20-30 Feet|
|Mature Width||20-30 Feet|
|Bloom Color||Pink, Red|