Prairie Fire Dogwood

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Brilliant color all year! If you're on the hunt for a beautiful shrub to add color and structure to your landscape, you are in luck! Prairie Fire Dogwood (Cornus alba 'Prairie Fire') features outstanding four-season color and winter interest! Prairie Fire Dogwood performs an exciting color show all through the growing season.

New spring leaves are ablaze with golden-yellow color. The leaf color gradually ages into an eye-catching chartreuse mix of bright green and gold. In fall, the foliage burst into flaming hues of bright red and orange!

Even the leaves themselves are noteworthy. Prairie Fire Dogwood has delightfully pointy leaves that add an interesting texture to its lovely, rounded form. We all know you want this shrub for its winter display after the leaves fall. It brings five alarm winter interest to your landscape!

The tomato-orange winter branches are extremely showy! They are sure to brighten up your drab, off-season landscape! Imagine those fluorescent-colored stems poking out of the snowbank during the winter months! Prairie Fire really offers quite a show in all seasons.

You aren't the only one who will fall in love with this shrub. In late spring, clusters of creamy white flowers appear at the ends of the branches which bring butterflies to your yard. The blooms will gradually mature into tiny white summertime berries that are loved by songbirds.

Prairie Fire Dogwood is a multi-stemmed shrub. It features a dense branch structure that provides a fair bit of screening, even in winter when the leaves have fallen. Everyone will be looking at that bold winter color, anyway!

Due to its unique and very desirable qualities, this super hardy selection of Red Twigged Dogwood is a bit hard to find. If you see it in stock on our site, please place your order. You will be in competition with homeowners across Zones 2 - 7 who are searching for this colorful, low-maintenance plant. No wonder this deciduous shrub is in high demand! We sell out every year.

Planting and Application:

Use several for a colorful hedge along your driveway, one as an accent in your front yard, or in mass plantings in a naturalized area. Prairie Fire Dogwood is as versatile as it is colorful. Try it at the corner of your house to anchor your foundation planting. Or, use a single shrub in a patio planting bed. You'll be thrilled to have that bright pop of seasonal color, but most especially in the long, 'blah' months of winter.

When a shrub offers this much interest in all four seasons, even small yards can afford the space required to grow one or two. Use Prairie Fire Dogwood for a beautiful sense of privacy, and to hide the utilitarian areas of your yard. Try one in a low spot that seems to stay damp after a rainstorm.

Repeat several of them along the back of your sunny perennial garden. Make sure the Prairie Fire Dogwood shrubs are planted to the north or east side of the bed. You won't want your smaller, sun-loving perennials to get shaded out, after all. Prairie Fire Dogwood works well as an informal hedge along the edge of a patio, or to screen out ugly garages or between houses. You'll gain a bit of privacy and four seasons of visual interest.

Add this pretty plant as a facer shrub to the sunny side of windbreaks or shelterbelts. The large evergreen trees make a beautiful contrasting backdrop to the yellow leaves and bright orange-red stems. Prairie Fire Dogwood also makes an excellent plant for snow fencing. A tight row of them against the prevailing winter winds will protect concrete driveways from the full brunt of snowstorms. For a close privacy hedge, plant 3 foot apart on center. You'll measure from the center of one plant to the center of the next.

Why not leave a larger space between groups to run a woodland path through your planting? You could also create a marvelous curving backdrop to an outdoor fire pit or rustic hammock stand using this technique.

This makes it excellent for use in Rain Gardens to filter water runoff from roofs and streets before it flows down the sewer and into local waterways. We encourage you to really use your backyard. Use large shrubs like this to create the walls of Garden Rooms for yourself and your family to truly relax in nature. Add bird feeders and birdhouses and include partner plants as nectar and host sources for butterflies.

This unique Dogwood has fantastic leaf color and stem color and is adaptable to many different uses in the landscape. You can use a single plant of this sweet Dogwood as a specimen plant to brighten your landscape all year long. You'll appreciate the low-maintenance, carefree attitude of this hardy shrub. Long, thick branches can be pruned to the ground in early winter. Be sure to include these bright stems in your Holiday decorations!

  • Bright Golden Leaves in Early Spring
  • Summer Foliage Deepens to Brilliant Chartreuse
  • Creamy White Spring Flowers for Butterflies
  • Leaves Turn Red in Fall with Fiery Orange Tones
  • Dark Red Spring Stems Provide Contrast & Holiday Décor
  • Small White Berries in Mid-Summer for Birds & Winter Interest
  • Highly Versatile In the Landscape & Very Adaptable!

#ProPlantTips for Care:

Plant in a full sun to partial shade location, but you'll get the best color in full sun. Prairie Fire Dogwood grows in just about any soil. It can tolerate areas that remain damp periodically. Highly adaptable to both wet and dry sites as well as a variety of soil types, it is adapted to wet soil conditions as long as the drainage is good. Give it a moderate amount of water regularly for the best performance. This is especially important when the shrub is young. 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.

Prune Dogwood in the late winter or very early spring. Cut out the oldest, thickest stems down to the ground. You'll want to use those cut stems for your Holiday decorating. This renewal system of pruning keeps the plants healthy and enables them to achieve a nice form. It also highlights the youngest stems, which exhibit the best winter color for you. 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.

  • Loves Full Sun but Can Grow in Partial Shade
  • Appreciates Well-Drained Soil
  • Can Grow in Wet or Dry Conditions
  • Prune Late Winter/Early Spring
  • Seldom Damaged by Deer & Extremely Cold Hardy
  • Low-Care Requirements

This is a really special variety of Red Twigged Dogwood. Buy your Prairie Fire Dogwood today! Don't wait and take a chance you'll miss out on this year's crop! Order now at Nature Hills Nursery!

Frequently Asked Questions

How fast does Prairie Fire Dogwood grow?

The Prairie Fire Dogwood shrub is a slower growth rate shrub but that unique foliage is worth the wait!

How big does Prairie Fire Dogwood get?

The Prairie Fire Dogwood can reach 5 - 7 feet in height and width in optimal conditions.

Is Prairie Fire Dogwood fragrant?

Prairie Fire Dogwood flowers do have a lovely fragrance!

Will Prairie Fire Dogwood grow in full sun?

The Prairie Fire Dogwood grows in full sun and partial shade, but has the most blooms and the best stem color is 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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50 - 69.99 34.99
70 - 99.99 39.99
100 - 129.99 44.99
130 - 149.99 48.99
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Prairie Fire Dogwood Is Suited to Grow in Zones 2-7
Growing Zones 2-7
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Cornus alba 'Prairie Fire'
Type Deciduous
Mature Height 5 - 7 feet
Mature Spread 5 - 7 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Widely Adaptable
Moisture Moderate
Growth Rate Fast
Foliage Color Yellow, Chartreuse Green
Fall Color Orange, Red
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Pruning Time Late Winter
Fragrant Yes