Red Twig Dogwood, Redosier Dogwood, Red Osier Dogwood 'Arctic Fire'

Cornus sericea

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
Registered or introduced: 2006
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Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

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Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

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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:

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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


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

Wilmington, Delaware

Peoria, Illinois

Bardstown, Kentucky

Andover, Minnesota

Rochester, New York

Allentown, Pennsylvania

Coatesville, Pennsylvania

Easton, Pennsylvania

Bristol, Tennessee

Tacoma, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Jul 13, 2017, stewardess from Easton, PA (Zone 6a) wrote:

I planted 3 of these last spring. They are situated on a western exposure (full sun from 11am until day's end), receive no more than rain water, and are only fertilized with a light layer of compost. They produced beautiful red twigs the first season. I removed a third of those at the beginning of this spring. Presently, they are thriving, and have grown to approximately 3' wide and over 5' tall. I will try to post a photo. The one that receives the most sun has topped out at 67".


On Feb 12, 2016, braun06 from Peoria Heights, IL (Zone 5b) wrote:

Terrific cultivar for central Illinois. Stems turn vibrant red in late fall through mid spring. Its a quick grower to its mature height of about 3-4' and wide. Its really care free. No suckering noted. More or less the same as Baton Rouge cultivar with the same stem coloration but varying slighting on leaf characteristics.


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.