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Ruby Red DogwoodCornus sericea 'Ruby Red'

  • Northern Red Oak - Quercus rubra
This new form of redosier dogwood was in development for seven years at the Landscape Plant Development Center. It was selected as the winning variety because of its great year-round color, compact form, and hardiness.

Hardiness Zones

The ruby red dogwood can be expected to grow in Hardiness Zones 2–7. View Map

Tree Type

Mature Size

The ruby red dogwood grows to a height of 6–10' and a spread of 6–8' at maturity.

Growth Speed Medium to Fast Growth Rate

This shrub grows at a medium to fast rate, with height increases of anywhere from 13" to more than 24" per year.

Sun Preference

Full sun and partial shade are best for this shrub, meaning it prefers a minimum of 4 hours of direct, unfiltered sunlight each day.

Soil Preference

The ruby red dogwood tolerates a wide range of soils from acidic to alkaline, moist to wet. It is not tolerant, however, of excessively dry soil.


This shrub:
  • Features vibrant red stems that make a bold statement in the wintertime landscape.
  • Produces attractive clusters of white flowers in early summer.
  • Has a compact form.
  • Yields dull white drupes with a single stone in mid- to late summer and early fall.
  • Features opposite, simple leaves, ovate to oblong-lancelolate in shape and 2–5" in length. The medium green summer color changes to red in the fall.
  • Grows in a rounded shape.

Wildlife Value

This dogwood provides dense cover for wildlife. The white berries are eaten by at least 18 species of birds including the ruffled grouse, bobwhite quail, wild turkey and gray catbird. The twigs and foliage are browsed by elk, deer, moose, rabbits and chipmunks.


In 2010, Arbor Day Foundation members tested this shrub under the name ruby red dogwood.