Cornus sanguinea ‘Midwinter Fire’

(Midwinter Fire Bloodtwig Dogwood)


Hardiness Zones:

 5a  5b  6a  6b  7a  7b

Quick Overview:

‘Midwinter Fire’ is for its colorful stems and twigs in winter. It grows to 5′ tall and 6′ wide over 8 years. The outstanding ornamental features of this cultivar are: (1) yellow winter stems which are tipped with red twigs and (2) golden yellow fall foliage color. Broadly elliptic to ovate, medium green leaves (to 3″ long). Tiny white flowers appear in flat-topped clusters (cymes) in late spring. Flowers give way to clusters of dark purple drupes in summer. Fruit is not showy, but is attractive to birds. Fall color is golden yellow.

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Best grown in organically rich, medium moisture, well-drained soils in full sun to part shade. Tolerant of a wide range of soils. Prefers consistently moist, well-drained soils. Best stem color occurs on young stems. Although pruning is not required, many gardeners choose to remove 20-25% of the oldest stems in early spring of each year to stimulate growth of new stems which will display the best color. As an alternative to annual pruning, some gardeners prune all stems close to the ground in early spring every 2-3 years to renew. Any loss of flowers through spring pruning is not terribly significant since the small flowers of this dogwood are rather ordinary. Remove root suckers if desired to prevent colonial spread.

Additional information

Common Name

Midwinter Fire Bloodtwig Dogwood

Botanical Name

Cornus sanguinea 'Midwinter Fire'


3 gallon

Evergreen or Deciduous


Hardiness Zone

5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b

Growth Rate


Light Requirements

Part-sun, Sun


3 to 5'


3 to 5 ft.

Soil Condition

Average to Wet Soils

Water Needs


Blooming Period

April- May

Flower Color




Foliage Color


Deer Resistant


Fall Color


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