Red Twig Dogwood is a favorite plant of ours. So much so that we have three in the landscape design at the Carex Design Group world headquarters (a.k.a. our house).
Red Twig Dogwood is a large, deciduous shrub. It tends to grow larger than most people think it will so it’s often misplaced in residential landscaping. This shrub will grow to be 5-6 feet tall so if you’re planning to include it in your landscaping, plan for adequate space.
Red Twig Dogwoods are available with regular leaves or variegated. But as the name implies, the best part of this shrub are its red twigs, which provide a burst of color in winter. Throughout the rest of the year, the twigs or branches are a dark brown color.
The Red Twig Dogwood will do well in partial shade and can grow quite quickly in the right conditions.
When planning a landscape design in the Knoxville area, I like to pair Red Twig Dogwoods with plants such as Pachysandra (an evergreen ground cover), Otto Luyken Laurel or other Laurels (evergreen shrubs) or Angelica Juniper (also an evergreen shrub, pictured below). All three of these plants are evergreen, which will help bring out the red twigs of the Dogwood during the winter months.
If you need help incorporating Red Twig Dogwoods into your landscaping, fill out our contact form or call us at 865-765-5550. You can also check out this post on other plants that will add winter interest to your Knoxville landscaping.