Cornus alba 'Red Gnome®'


Tips for Homeowners:

Young stems have the brightest color. To keep the best red ones, prune out 1/3 of the oldest branches in late winter. Every 3-4 years it might be necessary to remove all stems down to the ground in early spring to stimulate fresh new growth. This may affect flowering, but only for one season.

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An excellent accent for the landscape this four-season shrub will display flowers, fall color, summer color and winter interest.

  • Bright red stem color
  • Dark green foliage turn crimson-red in the fall
  • White flowers followed by white berries

A low-maintenance shrub perfect for use as a hedge or screen, or when planted in large groups.

Height: 3-4 ft
Spread: 3-4 ft
Zone: 3-8
Color: White

Interesting Notes about Dogwood:

It is not often when a plant is admired as much for its winter display than the rest of the seasons, but this shrub with its brilliant red stems shows up even from a distance.  The shrub prefers moist soils and it does spread to the point of colonizing, which is perfect for naturalizing.

Characteristics & Attributes


  • Great Foliage
  • Winter Interest
  • Native
  • Focal Point
  • Border or Bed
  • Low Maintenance
  • Naturalizing
  • Mass Planting
  • Fall Color
  • Specimen

Foliage Color:

  • Green
  • Burgundy


  • Full Sun
  • Partial Sun

Attracts Wildlife:

  • Attracts Songbirds
  • Attracts Butterflies

Critter Resistance:

  • Deer Resistant
  • Rabbit Resistant


  • Upright

Season of Interest (Flowering):

  • Summer
  • Spring

Season of Interest (Foliage):

  • Early Color
  • Winter

Soil Moisture:

  • Moist, Well-Drained