Friday, December 16, 2011

December 16--red twig dogwood

This is just a glass container with redtwig dogwood branches in it. This particular variety is Cornus sanguinea ‘Midwinter Fire,’ and it has peachy-orange twigs. I have cut every twig I dare cut from this shrub (for myself and others) this year, and I'm afraid I may have cut too much. Experts say prune about a third of the shrub almost to the ground each year in late winter, but it seems I always cut more and cut it earlier. I once lost a whole hedge of redtwig dogwood to something--maybe improper pruning. If I had my act together better, I'd hedge (!) my bets by planting a backup to this variety, which I really love. The closup shows its color best.

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