The First Truly Dwarf Red Dogwood

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.


Skip Product Specs
Genus Cornus
Species florida
Variety 'Rutnut'
ppaf PP#15,219
Zone 5 - 9
Bloom Start to End Late Spring - Early Summer
Habit Upright
Plant Height 5 ft - 7 ft
Plant Width 5 ft - 7 ft
Bloom Size 3 in
Restrictions *Due to state restrictions we cannot ship to the following:
Canada, Guam, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands, Hawaii, Idaho, Florida

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Customer Reviews

January 01, 2019


This shopper rated the product 5 out of 5 stars

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.

MSinPerkiomenville from PA

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