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Cornus sanguinea Midwinter Fire


Stunning flame red coloured stems in winter

Winter colour is this plants strong point. Flame coloured stems are revealed when the foliage falls in late autumn and if planted in groups produces a spectacular display. It is particularly effective when contrasted with one of the lighter stem coloured varieties of dogwood. During the summer it is covered in attractive mid green foliage and produces small white flowers in mid summer.


Works particularly well in a damper area of the garden or near water but in full sun.


Cut the stems back hard annually to within 5-7cm (2-3in) of the ground in early spring.

Plant details

In depth plant information

Property Value
Plant type Ornamental shrub
Flower colour
Foliage colour
Typically available March - September
Season of interest Winter
Flowering May - June
Evergreen No
Plant height 100 cm - 150 cm
Plant width 100 cm - 150 cm
Fragrant flowers No
Hazardous Slightly toxic
Attracts bees Yes
Attracts butterflies Yes
Plant height in 5 years 150 cm
Medicinal No
Hardiness zone (?) H6

Will perform best in these conditions

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Soil type Chalk, Clay, Sand, Loam
Light exposure Full sun, Part shade
Soil drainage Well drained, Moist
Planting instructions

Water the plant in its pot thoroughly before planting – give it a good soaking. Prepare the area by digging a hole twice the size of the pot. Dig compost into the base of the hole. Remove the pot and position the plant in the hole, with the top of the rootball about level with the surrounding soil. Refill the planting hole with a mixture of garden soil and compost, firming as you go. Water in well and keep well watered during the plant's first year.

Planting site Cottage garden, Informal garden, Flower border and beds, Wildlife garden

Typically available

From March to September