Cornus Red Pygmy®

Cornus Red Pygmy®

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The First Truly Dwarf Red Dogwood
SKU v1896
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Key Characteristics

5 - 9

Mature Height

7 Feet

Mature Width

7 Feet

Sun / Shade

Full Sun, Part Shade

Moisture Level

Moist, well-drained

Soil Type

Normal, loamy, Clay

Description / Cornus Red Pygmy®

The first truly dwarf red-flowered dogwood, this ruddy darling stays under 3 feet for about 5 years and tops out at just about 7 feet. Compact enough to fit in places where other varieties would run amok, like a tight border or even a patio garden, it is the perfect accent for those smaller spaces where full-sized trees cannot grow.

Despite its short stature, Red Pygmy still produces normal-sized C. florida blooms that are 3 inches across (or more). These lovely red cross-shaped blooms (actually bracts) are a pink-to-red color tipped in white. The extremely floriferous, dense heads of floral bracts create quite a spectacle on the dwarf foliage. These blooms appear around late May and hold on for 3 weeks or more.

This blushing darling will warm up any landscape with its rosy pink blooms in late spring and burnished red-orange leaves in fall. Let it grace your border, driveway, or path, and it will reward you with years of carmine colors. It even produces a bright red ornamental fruit in the fall.

Red Pygmy can be grown in well-drained soils in full sun to part shade. It prefers moist, organically rich, acidic soils and will benefit from a 2- to 4-inch layer of mulch, which helps keep the roots cool and moist in summer.

This plant exhibits great cold hardiness in field tests in Zone 6. Give it full sun in the North and part-shade in the South.

Product Details

Genus Cornus
Species florida
Variety 'Rutnut'
PPAF PP#15,219
Product Classification Trees
Habit Upright
USDA Zone Low 5
USDA Zone High 9
Sun / Shade Full Sun, Part Shade
Bloom Color Pink, Red, Rose, White
Bloom Season Start Late Spring
Bloom Season End Early Summer
Foliage Color Medium Green, Orange, Rose
Resistance Humidity Tolerant
Characteristics Bloom First Year, Easy Care Plants, Fall Color, Flower, Free Bloomer, Seedless/Sterile
Uses Border, Containers, Fall Color, Foliage Interest, Hedge, Ornamental, Specimen
Zone 5, 6, 7, 8, 9

Customer Reviews

Review by MSinPerkiomenville
I bought 2 pygmy dogwoods from Wayside/Park more than 10 years ago. I love them. When they are in bloom, everyone wants to know more about them. My soil is so heavily amended and rich that most other plants exceed the expected heights. These dogwoods have stayed true to the description - under 7 feet tall and have beautiful structures. They are loaded with flowers every spring. One other thing - I have had trouble getting standard sized dogwoods to grow. I don't know if these are more hardy or if their small size permitted me to put them in more protected locations. If you are on the fence, get them - they are probably the best mail-order plant purchase I ever made.

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