Arctic Sun® Dogwood

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Add instant impact all year! The Proven Winners® ColorChoice® Arctic Sun® Dogwood (Cornus sanguinea 'Cato') is a new dwarf version of the fantastic Yellow Twig Dogwood. It is extremely compact, and even features incredible chartreuse yellow foliage which adds instant impact to any garden!

The darling white clusters of starry flowers are super showy and attract loads of pollinators and butterflies! You may even see a few hummingbirds drawn to these spring blooms. The dramatic colored foliage thanks a fantastic turn in the fall as the chartreuse transforms into orangey hues that add to the bright orange-yellow stems! In contrast, the purple berries in the fall attract their share of hungry songbirds!

Forming a dense 3-4 foot tall and wide ball when mature, these colorful fast-growing shrubs are highly ornamental! In the garden, it will add more color because of its multiple stems. This plant provides cold-hardy year-round interest with the leaf color, flowers, fall color, and winter appearance throughout USDA growing zones 3 to 9.

Planting and Application:

Plant Arctic Sun® Yellow as property line screens, accents, or shrub borders that light up the landscape all winter long. Try mixing other larger and smaller varieties of Yellow Twig Dogwoods like Bud's Yellow, or try a collection of Dogwoods. Nature Hills has an extensive collection of these valuable shrubs! It's a great choice anywhere you need a bit more pizzazz! Even winter décor and bouquets gain colorful interest! For even more interest and a more dramatic winter stem display, combine with Redtwig cultivars too!

The fiery combo of electric yellow and fire-red winter stems would make the perfect backdrop. Run a privacy hedge along your driveway to block snow. Leave enough space to accommodate its mature height and spread, and let it do its thing. Try growing it out naturally as an untrimmed hedge. The elegant foliage, pretty spring blooms, and ornamental fall berries are well worth it!

Suckering politely and creating thickets, woodland groves, and wildlife-friendly groupings, Dogwoods are fantastic for creating naturalized settings in the sun or the dappled shade! Arctic Sun® is also great for erosion control and is highly recommended for rehabilitating moist sites and is well adapted to disturbed sites, and is easy to grow and establish!

  • Creamy White Flower Clusters
  • Gorgeous Green Foliage & Rounded Form
  • White Bird-Friendly Berries in Fall
  • Pollinator Friendly & Wildlife Thickets
  • Great Hedge, Screening & Privacy, Specimes & Winter Interest

#ProPlantTips for Care:

The Arctic Sun® Dogwood is a free-spreading shrub with many upright stems and creates naturalized thickets when allowed. It is adaptable to both wet and dry sites as well as a variety of soil types. It's even shade tolerant, although you'll have the brightest stem color in full sun. It's native to streams and creeks in wooded areas, so it adapted to wet soil conditions as long as the drainage is good. Mulch with a layer 3 to 4 inches deep to 3 feet outside of the canopy to ensure the root stays cool in the hot summer. Increase water during dry extreme heat.

For the best winter color, give your Arctic Sun® Dogwood regular pruning in late fall, or renewal prune by removing several of the thickest, oldest stems right down to the ground. You'll want to use the cuttings in large arrangements and outdoor containers for the Holidays! Leave the young, thin stems standing as they'll have the brightest color for you. If you stay on top of this easy task, you'll be amazed at your annual winter display.

  • Best in Full Sun & Partial Shade
  • Appreciates Well-Drained Soil
  • Thrives in Average to Moist Conditions
  • Prune Late Winter/Eary Spring
  • Easy to Grow and Maintain
  • Easy Care, Few Pest & Disease Concerns

The vibrant Proven Winners® Color Choice® Arctic Sun® Dogwood is a magnificent choice for visual interest in your landscape year-round! Why not gift yourself a gorgeous winter garden? Order today at Nature Hills!

Frequently Asked Questions

How fast does Arctic Sun® Dogwood grow?

The Arctic Sun® Dogwood shrub is a fast-growth rate and can add about a foot or so of new growth each growing season.

How big does Arctic Sun® Dogwood get?

The Arctic Sun® Dogwood can reach 3-4 feet in height and width in optimal conditions.

Is Arctic Sun® Dogwood fragrant?

Arctic Sun® Dogwood flowers are not considered fragrant.

Will Arctic Sun® Dogwood grow in full sun?

The Arctic Sun® Dogwood grows in full sun and partial shade, but has the most blooms and the best stem color are achieved in full 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 Sun® Dogwood Is Suited to Grow in Zones 3-9
Growing Zones 3-9
More Information
Brand Proven Winners ColorChoice
Botanical Name Cornus sanguinea 'Cato'
Type Deciduous
Mature Height 3 - 4 feet
Mature Spread 3 - 4 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Widely Adaptable
Moisture Moderate
Growth Rate Fast
Foliage Color Chartreuse/Yellow
Fall Color Yellow
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Pruning Time Late Winter