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Redtwig Dogwood ‘Farrow’ ARCTIC FIRE | Plant Profile

Redtwig Dogwood ‘Farrow’ ARCTIC FIRE (Cornus sericea) are showy shrubs are native to North American swamps and wetlands. In summer, the shrubs display dark green foliage and white fragrant flowers. Come fall, the leaves turn to red, orange or purple. Small fruits appear that attract birds and can be more ornamental than the small white flowers. In winter, the leaves drop and the bark turns a firey red, making for beautiful winter interest. ‘Farrow’ is a specific cultivar of Redtwig Dogwood and is the dwarf version, typically grown for its extra vibrant stems in winter.

‘Farrow’ prefers fertile soils that are consistently moist in full sun to part shade. They are particularly tolerant of very wet soils as they are native to swamps and river, lake, and pond banks. These shrubs can spread via basal shoots, and these should be removed to maintain a tidy appearance. Pruning is optional as new growth is showiest, but not essential to the life of the plant.

‘Farrow’ can be planted in mass or singularly as an ornamental piece. These are a popular option for low maintenance shrubs in wet spots that are permitted to naturalize. When planted in bulk, the roots can help to prevent soil erosion along stream banks.


Redtwig Dogwood 'Farrow' ARCTIC FIRE Characteristics

'Farrow' are dwarf Redtwig Dogwood shrubs that produce multiseason interest. The green leaves and white flowers of the spring and summer make way for bright colored fall foliage and fruits. In winter, the shrub remains attractive as foliage drops and the bright red branches emerge.

These shrubs can be vulnerable to some leaf and twig blights. Occasionally insect pests can make their homes here, such as lead miners, bagworms, and scale.

These low maintenance shrubs can be used for a variety of applications. They can be left to naturalize, displayed as ornamental pieces, or used as a hedge to divide yards. The bright red color brings most interest in the winter months, particularly in snow or when planted with evergreens. Pruning is not required but may be desired to stop spreading or to encourage showier colors.

USDA Climate Zone
Zones 3 - 7
3.00 - 4.00'
3.00 - 4.00'
Bloom Time
May - June
Medium - Wet
Full Sun - Part Shade
Deer Resistant?