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Cornus sanguinea 'Midwinter Fire'
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dogwood 'Midwinter Fire'

a spreading shrub to 2m tall, with orange-red and yellow young shoots bearing oval leaves and insignificant white flowers in summer; grown for the coloured stems which are brightest in winter

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Size
Ultimate height
1.5–2.5 metres
Time to ultimate height
5–10 years
Ultimate spread
1.5–2.5 metres
Growing conditions
Chalk
Clay
Loam
Sand
Moisture
Moist but well–drained, Well–drained
pH
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Green
Summer White Green
Autumn Orange Pink Black
Winter
Position
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade
Aspect

South–facing or North–facing or West–facing or East–facing

Exposure
Exposed or Sheltered
Hardiness
H6
Botanical details
Family
Cornaceae
Native to the UK
Yes
Foliage
Deciduous
Habit
Suckering
Genus

Cornus can be deciduous shrubs or trees, or creeping, woody-based perennials, some with brightly coloured young stems. Tiny flowers are borne in dense clusters, sometimes with showy bracts. Many have fine autumn colour

Name status

Accepted

How to grow

Cultivation

Grows in a range of well-drained to moisture retentive soil in sun or partial shade

Propagation

Propagate by hardwood cuttings in autumn

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • Cottage and informal garden
  • Wildlife gardens
  • Architectural
  • Coastal
  • Wildflower meadow
Pruning

Pruning group 7 each year to produce vigorous colourful young shoots will help to keep the shrub compact

Pests

Generally pest free but may be attacked by horse chestnut scale

Diseases

Generally disease free but cornus anthracnose may affect weak shoots

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