Those stems really show up in a winter landscape, particularly when silhouetted against snow. They are good in a shrub border, or massed in a large group. You sometimes see big groupings naturalized around ponds, and that’s spectacular.
Redtwig dogwoods are fast growers, and very easy to grow. They grow to about a 10′ height and a diameter of about 15′. They will adapt to almost any soil and will grow in sun or light shade.
To encourage new growth with bright red stems, prune off at least one-third of the old growth every spring.
This photo was taken at Blacksburg Motor Works, so if you want to see what this shrub looks like in person, take a drive over and check it out.