Perhaps the brightest of the red-stemmed Dogwoods, growing to 2.5m x 2m if left unpruned and with a suckering tendency. Good crimson autumn foliage too.
H x S: 2.5m x 2m
Aspect and soil: generally unfussy but not successful on chalky soil, and best in moist but well-drained soil in sun or part shade.
Use: a must in the winter garden, alongside other winter garden favourites such as Betula utilis, black Ophiopogon and Carex, underplanted with snowdrops. A backdrop of evergreen shrubs or tall grasses showcases them to their best.
Care: Cut back hard to a few inches from the ground (coppicing) from the third year and then every other year, as the redness is more pronounced on new shoots.
Wildlife: Flowers attract pollinators and berries birds, but not in coppiced years.