Arctic Fire® Yellow Red-Osier Dogwood

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Brilliant yellow electrifies the winter snow! The vibrant Proven Winners® ColorChoice® Arctic Fire® Yellow Twig Dogwood (Cornus sericea 'SMNCSBD') is a fantastic four-season shrub with something to add to your landscape every part of the year!

Bursting onto the spring scene, those vibrant yellow stems that brightened your winter landscape become cloaked in lush green foliage with deep veins and texture! Spring also brings fizzy white clusters of flowers for hungry pollinators to stop by and feast on! These vibrant leaves turn a mellow yellow for fall just as this great shrub puts on a third colorful display!

The dense branching is fantastic cover and nesting for songbirds, while Arctic Fire® produces clusters of pure white berries that songbirds go crazy for! That's when the fantastic fall-colored leaves drop to reveal the buttery yellow twigs for the winter! Snip a few stems for indoor floral design or spruce-up winter planter arrangements!

Planting and Application:

Arctic Fire® Yellow-Twig Dogwood is a flashy winter interest shrub that's also wildlife-friendly! Ideal size for hedges and privacy, as well as colorful back-of-the-border plantings. Your house will stand out from the rest with a row of these tough shrubs along your front border along the road. Anchor garden beds and add a pop of color to mixed shrub plantings with low-care plants!

Mix with other Dogwood species like the Red-Twig Dogwood and other Yellow Twig Dogwood for a colorful winter landscape, or other colorful bushes like Ninebark, Burning Bush and Bush Honeysuckle. Plant a hedgerow of shelter for birds, while gaining privacy and screening that lights up your landscape all year!

Best in groups or massed to highlight the lovely foliage, and in winter really stand out with their showy red stems! Able to thrive in tough conditions, the spreading habit of these shrubs makes them perfect on slopes and able to stop erosion when planted en masse. This wonderful, mid-sized shrub can even tolerate soil that stays wet on occasion. Place them at the outer edges of a Rain Garden for an excellent ornamental display.

  • Textured Green Foliage
  • Clusters of White Spring Blooms & Summer Berries
  • Fantastic Yellow Stems
  • Four-Season Interest
  • Floral Design, Hedges, Specimen & Wildlife Shrubs

#ProPlantTips for Care:

Arctic Fire® Is a type of yellow-twigged, Redosier Dogwood shrubs are widely adaptable and thrive in full sun and partial shade, alkaline and clay soil, and even grow well in saline conditions! Dogwood are notoriously good at handling occasionally soggy sites. Mulch with a layer of arborist bark chips 3 to 4 inches deep to 3 feet outside of the canopy to ensure the root stays cool in the hot summer.

Pruning can be done while dormant to control size and shape. Naturally wanting to increase in size by suckers, you can control spread by trimming roots with a spade to remove root suckers if their spread is not wanted or needs maintaining. Since the color of the stems is best on younger stems, you can either prune to the ground in late winter to renewal pruning near the ground or just remove the older stems every few years.

  • Widely Adaptable in Full Sun & Partial Shade
  • Thrives in Both Wet or Dry Conditions
  • Tolerant of a Wide Range of Well-Drained Soil Types
  • Prune/Renewal Prune Late Winter
  • Salt Tolerant & Seldom Bothered By Deer

Proven Winners® ColorChoice® Arctic Fire® Yellow Twig Dogwood is a bright and colorful shrub to enliven your landscape while attracting pollinators and wildlife! Order these fantastic shrubs for year-round interest today at!

Frequently Asked Questions

How fast does Arctic Fire® Dogwood grow?

The Arctic Fire® Dogwood shrub is a medium-growth rate shrub but that unique foliage is worth the wait!

How big do Arctic Fire® Yellow Dogwood get?

The Arctic Fire® Dogwood can reach 4 - 5 feet in height and about 5 - 6 feet in width in optimal conditions.

Will Arctic Fire® Dogwood grow in full sun?

The Arctic Fire® Dogwood grows in full shade and partial shade, but has the most blooms and the best stem color is achieved in more sun.

Are Dogwood shrubs good for wildlife?

The Dogwood Shrub is a fantastic wildlife shrub and it's a pollinator-friendly native that feeds birds with its fruit and is even a caterpillar host plant.

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Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.

Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!

Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.

  • Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
  • Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.

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Keep in mind, specific varieties and different growing conditions can affect the rate at which plants grow. Variations in size may occur.

Young Plants to 18 Months
Size Volume
2"x2"x3" Ranges from .18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume
4.5" Container Equal to .65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
Sprinter Pot Equal to .63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume
4" Container Ranges from .31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume
6" Container Equal to 1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume
1 Quart Equal to 1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume
5.5" Container Equal to 1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x5" Ranges from .8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x6" Ranges from 1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x9" Ranges from 1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x10" Ranges from 1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume
Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old
Size Volume
2 Quart Equal to 2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume
#1 Container Ranges from 2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume
5"x5"x12" Equal to 3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume
Plants 2 - 4 Years Old
Size Volume
#2 Container Ranges from 1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume
#3 Container Ranges from 2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume
Plants 3 - 5 Years Old
Size Volume
#5 Container Ranges from 2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume
#6 Container Ranges from 5.25 to 6.01 dry gallons / 23.12 to 26.42 dry liters in volume
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

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0 - 19.99 24.99
20 - 49.99 29.99
50 - 69.99 34.99
70 - 99.99 39.99
100 - 129.99 44.99
130 - 149.99 48.99
150 - 150+ Approx 28%

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Arctic Fire® Yellow Red-Osier Dogwood Is Suited to Grow in Zones 2-7
Growing Zones 2-7
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Cornus sericea 'SMNCSBD'
Type Deciduous
Mature Height 4 - 5 feet
Mature Spread 5 - 6 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Adaptable to Most Soil
Moisture Moderate
Growth Rate Medium
Foliage Color Green
Fall Color Yellow
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Pruning Time Late Winter
Fragrant Yes