Hardy, deciduous shrub
Description: Clusters of small white flowers in late spring followed by blue-black fruit; reddish-purple fall leaf color; dark blood-red young branches mature to greenish-grey
Habit: Upright, multi-stemmed, spreading shrub grows 8-15 feet high and wide
Culture: Prefers full sun to light shade and moist but well-drained soil; in early spring, prune out 20-25% of oldest stems to encourage new growth with brighter stem color, or cut entire shrub down to 6 inches every three years to renew
Hardiness: USDA Zones 4 through 7
Attributes: Attracts bees and butterflies, deer resistant, fall color, winter interest, rain garden
This long-cultivated European native shrub, commonly found in English hedgerows, was included in Philadelphia nurseryman Bernard McMahon's "Catalogue of Hardy Deciduous Trees and Shrubs" in 1806. Bloodtwig Dogwood brings color and interest to the garden in fall and winter, and is best planted in groups in shrub borders, hedges, and screens. Fruit is attractive to birds.
This plant will ship bare root. zone4,zone5,zone6,zone7
Bare root planting tips:
- If you can't plant immediately, store your plant in a cool location and keep the roots moist or pot in a container with a nursery potting mix from your local garden center.
- Before planting, let the roots soak for several hours as you prepare the site. You'll want to dig a large enough hole so the root mass can spread out and the plant is at the same soil level as when it was growing in the nursery.
- Once planted, water it in well and wait a month before fertilizing. Mulching will help to maintain moisture and raise soil temperatures for faster growth.