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PlantFiles: Red Twig Dogwood, Redosier Dogwood, Red Osier Dogwood
Cornus sericea 'Arctic Fire'

Family: Cornaceae
Genus: Cornus (KOR-nus) (Info)
Species: sericea (ser-ee-KEE-uh) (Info)
Cultivar: Arctic Fire
Additional cultivar information: (PP18523; aka Farrow, Arctic Fire)
Hybridized by Farrow; Year of Registration or Introduction: 2006

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24-36 in. (60-90 cm)
36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)
36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 C (-35 F)
USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)
USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)
USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade


Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer


Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From softwood cuttings
By grafting
By budding

Seed Collecting:
Remove fleshy coating on seeds before storing
Allow unblemished fruit to ripen; clean and dry seeds
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive ShrubSource On Mar 28, 2009, ShrubSource from Zeeland, MI wrote:

Cornus - Arctic Fire Red Twig Dogwood

This wonderful shrub will add sensational color in the winter with its intense dark red stems. It's a spectacular show in the winter sunlight. Bring the outdoors in and use cut stems for holiday arrangements or for season long color indoors. Colorful twigs of course, but this Cornus also has a non-suckering habit and is dwarf in form, reaching a height of just 3 to 4 feet. Arctic Fire is a breakthrough for both residential gardens and large-scale landscapes.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Wilmington, Delaware
Bardstown, Kentucky
Andover, Minnesota
Rochester, New York
Allentown, Pennsylvania
Coatesville, Pennsylvania
Bristol, Tennessee
Tacoma, Washington

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