Cornus sericea ‘Farrow’ Arctic Fire

(Red Twig Dogwood)


Hardiness Zones:

 3a  3b  4a  4b  5a  5b  6a  6b  7a  7b

Quick Overview:

‘Farrow’, commonly sold as ARCTIC FIRE, is a dwarf red twig dogwood cultivar that is primarily grown for its bright red winter stems. It typically grows to 3-4′ tall and as wide with dense stems. It lacks the stoloniferous, spreading habit of the species. Reddish stems turn bright red in winter and are particularly showy against a snowy backdrop. Tiny, fragrant, white flowers appear in flat-topped clusters in late spring, with sparse, intermittent, additional flowering sometimes continuing into summer. Flowers give way to clusters of whitish (sometimes with a bluish tinge) drupes in summer. Fruit is quite attractive to birds and is generally considered to have as much if not more ornamental interest than the flowers.

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Best grown in organically rich, medium to wet soils in full sun to part shade. Tolerant of a wide range of soils, including swampy or boggy conditions. Prefers consistently moist, well-drained soils. Best red 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 yellow 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.

Additional information

Common Name

Red Twig Dogwood

Botanical Name

Cornus sericea 'Farrow' Artcic Fire


7 gallon

Evergreen or Deciduous


Hardiness Zone

3a, 3b, 4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b

Growth Rate


Light Requirements

Part-sun, Sun


to 4 ft.


to 4 ft.

Soil Condition


Water Needs


Blooming Period

April- May

Flower Color




Foliage Color


Deer Resistant


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