Gray Twig Dogwood
Gray Twig Dogwood

Gray Twig Dogwood


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Colorful native shrubby tree, the lovely Gray Twig Dogwood (Cornus racemosa) is a deciduous shrub with ornamental features. Use a few of these for those locations in your yard where you’d like something pretty, but have problematic soils or conditions.
Your Gray Dogwood has a lot to recommend it. The twigs are gray, rather than brown, and are a lovely contrast to the new growth that begins as red. The 4-inch long, lance-shaped foliage is an elegant gray-hued, green that turns a dusky purple/red for autumn.
The late spring flowers appear as clusters of white blossoms that butterflies adore! Later these blooms transition to ornamental white fruit for winter interest. Each berry is held upon a red stem – another decorative accent that is especially attractive in the winter months after the fruit is gone and the red stems remain.
Also spelled Grey Twig, this Dogwood will grow 10-15 feet tall with an equal spread but can be pruned to almost any size. These shrubby trees can be pruned to be both a shrub, single-stemmed tree or multi-stemmed ornamental. Incredibly cold-hardy, these easy-care Gray Twig Dogwoods thrive throughout USDA growing zones 2 to 8!
Planting and Application:These shrubs or trees are fantastic color in solo plantings as unique flowering accents and specimens. Limb up the lower branches by exposing the multi or single-trunked form to create the accent you need most for your yard! Long hedges gain flowers, foliage and fall color, while the berries provide winter interest while the unique trunk color adds even more interest as the snow flies!
Highly adaptable, your sun gardens and shade gardens alike can be graced by one of these unique deciduous trees! Plant the Gray Twig in groupings that attract birds and wildlife as shelter and nesting sites, plus food for pollinators and songbirds! Hedgerows with their limbs to the ground for maximum windbreaks, privacy and screening! The lovely foliage blocks nosy neighbors and hides an eyesore with ease.
Dress them up, or keep them rustic. We recommend allowing it to grow naturally as an untrimmed hedge. Increase the height of your fence with a friendly “living fence”. You can even add it to the corner of your house in your foundation planting.
Decorative Foliage & Twig Color
White Spring Flowers & White Fall Fruit
Wildlife interest
Larger Tree or Shrub Form
Hedges, Privacy, Windbreak, Wildlife & Specimens
#ProPlantTips for Care:Your Gray Dogwood would clearly be an exceptional addition to your yard under almost any conditions. However, it’s especially valuable as a hardy, ornamental shrub for those areas where you need something a little less fussy. It is adaptable to poor soils, heat, and drought, but is often seen in moist or rocky locations. Give regular water for best results, especially for young plants and during extended droughts. Apply a three-inch layer of mulch over the root system to further cut down on surface evaporation, and keep the foliage clean from mud splashing during rain.
Prune it hard in late winter to early spring to keep your plants healthy, vigorous, and the most colorful. Please note that the new growth is the most brilliantly colored. This simple yearly pruning to thin out some branches are perfect for winter dƩcor. Each fall, perform a renewal pruning, by cutting out a few of the oldest, thickest stems to the ground. Your plant should look healthy and last for decades in your landscape. Once the well-behaved roots are established in your yard, it will tolerate periodic drought, as well. Go ahead and take that vacation.
Full Sun or Partial Shade
Tolerates Average to Wet Well-Drained Soils
Prune Late Winter/Eary Spring
Easy to Grow and Maintain
Deer Don’t Prefer the Taste
Why not fill in those problem areas of your landscape with a Gray Dogwood today, and reap the rewards of a truly exceptional, and hardy, ornamental shrub? Order today at Nature Hills and enjoy these unique accents in your landscape!
Frequently Asked QuestionsHow fast does Gray Twig Dogwood grow?
The Gray Twig Dogwood shrub is a medium-growth rate and can add about a foot or so of new growth each growing season.
How big does Gray Twig Dogwood get?
The Gray Twig Dogwood can reach 10 – 15 feet in height and wide in optimal conditions.
Will Gray Twig Dogwood grow in full sun?
The Gray Twig Dogwood grows in all sun conditions from full sun to full shade. But you’ll get more flowers in more sun.
Are Dogwood shrubs good for wildlife?
The Gray Twig Dogwood is a fantastic wildlife shrub and it’s a pollinator-friendly native that feeds birds with its fruit and is even a caterpillar host plant.
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