Dwarf dogwood, also known as red-tipped dogwood, is a small compact, mounded shrub reaching 2 to 3 feet high and 3 to 4 feet wide. New leaves emerge purplish-red leaf and leaf tips remain red as the rest of leaf matures to green. In late spring, abundant clusters of slightly fragrant flowers attract butterflies. The mature black fruit are a favorite of birds. Use in a group or as a low hedge.
All Common Names:
Tree or Plant Type:
- Low-growing shrub (under 3 feet)
- Full sun (6 hrs direct light daily),
- Partial sun/shade (4-6 hrs light daily)
- Zone 5 (Chicago),
- Zone 6,
- Zone 7,
- Zone 8
- Alkaline soil,
- Moist, well-drained soil
- Occasional drought,
- Occasional flooding
Season of Interest:
- Late spring,
- Early summer,
- Late summer,
- Early fall
Flower Color & Fragrance:
Shape or Form:
Tree & Plant Care
Plants prefer full sun to part shade in well-drained soil. Tolerant of soil pH.
Very low maintenance, prune out older stems to promote new growth.
Disease, pests, and problems
Relatively disease tolerant. Powdery mildew and leaf spots.
Disease, pest, and problem resistance
Tolerant of deer.
Native geographic location and habitat
Attracts birds, pollinators, or wildlife
Butterflies and birds.
Bark color and texture
New stems are red, older stems gray.
Leaf or needle arrangement, size, shape, and texture
Opposite, 3 inch long ovate leaves with pointed tips that emerge red. Summer color is a shiny dark green.
Flower arrangement, shape, and size
Abundant clusters of creamy-white flowers at tips of branches in late May and June.
Fruit, cone, nut, and seed descriptions
Shiny, 1/4-inch black fruits