Purchased three quart sized plants in fall 2018 for a community rain garden. They performed “OK” in their first year (2019) but are now doing extremely well (fall 2020) despite the drought, occasional flooding, and benign neglect. Great fall color. Deer resistant (so far). Planted in the bottom of a deep bioswale in western PA.
Red Rover® Silky dogwood Cornus obliqua
This variety is no longer available from Proven Winners®. Alternatives include: Arctic Fire® Red.
Colorful, environmentally-friendly native plant.
Exceptional fall foliage is the hallmark of this compact new selection of our native silky dogwood. The clean green foliage contrasts nicely with white flowers in summer, and autumn brings deep purple foliage which gradually changes to luminous red. Blue fall fruit adds to its appeal.
The flowers are a valuable resource for our pollinator populations, and the fall fruit is an excellent resource for songbirds. This is an outstanding plant for moist to damp sites: use it in rain gardens and bioswales. The compact size is ideal for residential landscapes.
Top three reasons to grow Red Rover® dogwood:
Produces BerriesFall InterestWinter InterestBog PlantAttracts:BeesBirdsButterfliesHummingbirdsNative to North America
- Adaptable to difficult conditions
- Bright fall color
- Native to North America
CharacteristicsPlant Type:ShrubShrub Type:DeciduousHeight Category:MediumGarden Height:48 - 60 InchesSpacing:60 - 72 InchesSpread:48 - 60 InchesFlower Colors:WhiteFoliage Colors:GreenFoliage Colors:RedFoliage Shade:Green foliage turns red in fallHabit:UprightContainer Role:Thriller
Plant NeedsLight Requirement:Part Shade to ShadeLight Requirement:Part Sun to SunLight Requirement:Sun
The optimum amount of sun or shade each plant needs to thrive: Full Sun (6+ hours), Part Sun (4-6 hours), Full Shade (up to 4 hours).Maintenance Category:EasyBlooms On:Old WoodBloom Time:Late SpringHardiness Zones:4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8bWater Category:WetUses:LandscapeUses:Mass PlantingUses Notes:
Naturalizing; mass plantings
Please Note: Red Rover® Silky Dogwood Cornus is restricted and cannot be shipped to the state(s) of FL.Maintenance Notes:
Adaptable to moist or even damp soils. Trim to shape after flowering. Apply a controlled-release fertilizer in spring.Fun Facts:
Often, Red Rover dogwood will flower in fall, though its main bloom time is early summer.Red Rover® Cornus obliqua 'Powell Gardens' USPP 27,873
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April Kline, Pennsylvania, United States, 2 years ago
I bought 2 quarts of these last Summer, and they did very well and came out of a seriously bad Winter unscathed and budding. I was so happy I came back for the gallon size, which is incredible. I have many erosion spots and wet spots, and those plants are taking care of the problem while making the garden more beautiful. Excellent specimens!Deca, Virginia, United States, 4 years ago