Bloodtwig Dogwood 'Midwinter Fire'

Cornus sanguinea

Family: Cornaceae
Genus: Cornus (KOR-nus) (Info)
Species: sanguinea (san-GWIN-ee-a) (Info)
Cultivar: Midwinter Fire
Additional cultivar information:(aka Winter Flame)
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Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)


36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)


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)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade

Light Shade


Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer



Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

By dividing the rootball

From softwood cuttings

From semi-hardwood cuttings

From hardwood cuttings

Allow cut surface to callous over before planting

By grafting

By simple layering

By tip layering

By serpentine layering

Seed Collecting:

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:

Boise, Idaho

Palatine, Illinois

Wallingford, Pennsylvania

West Chester, Pennsylvania

Buckley, Washington

Gardeners' Notes:


On Jul 18, 2014, braun06 from Peoria Heights, IL (Zone 5b) wrote:

This plant, as well with all sanquineas, do not perform well in the central Midwest. Canker and dieback is a constant concern. The leaves on any cultivar never stay green for me and discolor to the fall hue of peach yellow for most of the growing season even with supplemental water. I grew them and then removed them. These proved to be a lot of work for me.


On Aug 12, 2010, rkwright85 from Horton, MI (Zone 5b) wrote:

I don't really care for this shrub for most of the year but it really gives some much needed color in the winter. I put it in an area where I can appreciate it during the winter but don't notice it the rest of the year.


On Jul 29, 2007, Artdeco from Palatine, IL wrote:

This plants only value is it's winter stem color, which is very nice & unusual. But while in leaf it looks sloppy, scraggly and ailing, from early spring to fall. I've had them 4 years, tried moving to different areas, tried various remedies, all with no improvement, so I'm not sure they're worth keeping... I've got many other dogwoods, and none are this difficult.


On Oct 11, 2002, philomel from Castelnau RB Pyrenes,
France (Zone 8a) wrote:

This has similar characteristics of hardiness etc. to the other albas. It is perhaps not as large growing and vigorous as some.
The shoots are very colourful shading from dark red near the ground to palest orange yellow at the tips
The leaves colour well in autumn.
Black berries