Muskingum Dogwood

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Exceptional Display, Compact Muskingum® Dogwood

  • Useful Low-Growing Form Stays Tightly Compact
  • New Leaves Emerge Red in Spring
  • Lilac Scented Creamy-White Flower Clusters
  • Nectar Attracts Butterflies and Honey Bees
  • Pointed, Gray-Green Foliage Looks Cool and Fresh All Season
  • Terrific White Berries Support Birds
  • Exquisite Type of Groundcover Shrub
  • Incredible Brick-Red Fall Color
  • Improved Cultivar of Native Gray Dogwood Shrub
  • Very Cold Hardy

Leverage the gorgeous ornamental attributes of Muskingum® Dogwood (Cornus racemosa 'Muszam') to improve your property. Why struggle with trouble spots or boring bare areas?

This is a shorter, spreading cultivar of a native shrub called Gray Dogwood. You'll love the beautiful qualities of this selection all year round!

Muskingum is a compact form of the native Gray Dogwood that remains shorter and beautifully spreading. As the springtime leaves unfurl, they also display a bronzy or reddish hue aging to a grayish green.

It doesn't take long for the delicate flower clusters to cover the branch tips. You'll lose track of how many butterfly species come to visit these lilac-scented creamy flowers!

Muskingum Dogwood truly is a resource plant for pollinators and songbirds. It's also a rugged shrub that controls erosion and covers the ground to suppress weeds.

It looks refreshing and cool all summer with gray-green foliage. This widely adaptable choice thrives across most of the United States...and puts up with some tough environmental challenges, too.

Fall is an especially pretty season of interest; as the leaves burnish into a glamorous dark red. The spring blooms have developed into a generous display of showy white berries that are relished by birds.

Hard-working Muskingum Dogwood is a showy and generally carefree ornamental shrub. It's a beautiful addition to add interest in the lower layers of your garden design...order yours today!

How to Use Muskingum® Dogwood in the Landscape

This versatile choice makes a bold statement to accent a curve in your garden path. Use one as a specimen in a small space garden.

Create a "moment" with a cozy bench placed across from this dazzler. Then, just sit and watch the pollinators cavort over the spring blooms.

If you have the room, why not line the outer edge of a shrub border with the many charms of Muskingum Dogwood? It grows full and lush all the way to the ground and is blissfully easy to grow and maintain.

Muskingum Dogwood makes a great underplanting for island beds in the front lawn. Add your favorite Flowering Dogwood, Magnolia, or Redbud Tree from our online catalog and you'll stop traffic!

Space them 30 inches apart on center for a solid mass planting. You'll measure from the center of one to the center of the next.

Mass Muskingum Dogwood along an embankment or slope to stop soil erosion. Keep your planting tidy with weeding and judicious pruning for a look you'll be proud of for many years!

Muskingum Dogwood can also partner with groundcover Juniper, Sumac and Groundcover Roses. They'll add structure and season-long color as they pump up the ecological value of your space.

#ProPlantTips for Care

This tidy, low-growing shrub should be planted in full or partial sun with afternoon shade in the warmest climates. Give them at least four hours of direct sunlight a day.

Although these durable plants are widely adaptable, it's best to plant Muskingum Dogwood in well-drained soil. They can tolerate periodically wet and dry soils within moderation.

Supply a moderate amount of water on a consistent schedule, if you don't receive adequate rainfall. For the first season in the landscape, keep a close eye on this hydration schedule to enable your new shrub to get established in the soil.

Give a big "leg up" on this process by using Nature Hills Root Booster during planting. This symbiotic formula never wears out, but keeps supporting the roots over the entire life of the plant.

Periodically prune to shape your shrub after the spring flowers are finished. Look for thick branches that grow into the center of the shrub, and remove them all the way down to the ground level for increased air circulation.

Increase the value of your property with these special shrubs! Order Muskingum Dogwood from our native shrub experts today!

Buying Options for Plants

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.

Nature Hills Container Size by Volume

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 19.99
20 - 49.99 21.99
50 - 69.99 24.99
70 - 99.99 29.99
100 - 129.99 34.99
130 - 149.99 41.99
150 - 150+ Approx 27%

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Muskingum Dogwood Is Suited to Grow in Zones 4-7
Growing Zones 4-7
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Cornus racemosa 'Muszam'
Type Deciduous
Mature Height 2 - 3 feet
Mature Spread 4 - 5 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Well Drained
Moisture Moderate
Growth Rate Medium
Flower Color White
Foliage Color Green
Fall Color Red
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Pruning Time After Flowering
Fragrant No
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