Prairie Fire Dogwood
Brilliant Color All Year Prairie Fire Dogwood
- Winter Interest
- Sunny Yellow Foliage in Spring
- Dark Red Spring Stems Contrast Against Bright Golden Leaves in Early Spring
- Creamy White Spring Flowers for Butterflies
- Summer Foliage Deepens to Brilliant Chartreuse
- Small White Berries in Mid-Summer for Birds
- Leaves Turn Red in Fall with Fiery Orange Tones
- Vibrant Red Orange Winter Stems
- Cut Bright Winter Stems for Holiday Decorations
- Can Grow in Wet or Dry Soils
- Loves Full Sun but Can Grow in Partial Shade
- Seldom Damaged by Deer
- Low Care Requirements
- Extremely Cold Hardy
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 4-season color and winter interest. Prairie Fire Dogwood performs an exciting color show all through the growing season.
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 for your autumn landscape.
No wonder this deciduous shrub is in high demand! We sell out every year.
Even the leaves themselves are noteworthy. Prairie Fire Dogwood has delightfully pointy leaves that add an interesting texture to its lovely, rounded form.
But we all know you want this shrub for it's winter display after the leaves fall. It brings five alarm winter interest to your landscape.
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. The plants are quite adaptable to just about any landscape.
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 as versatile as it is colorful.
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!
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!
When a shrub offers this much interest in all 4 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.
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. Order now!
How to Use Prairie Fire Dogwood in the Landscape
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.
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 all year long, but most especially in the long, ’blah’ months of winter.
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 4 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 hedge, plant 3 foot apart on center. You’ll measure from the center of one plant to the center of the next.
Expand the spacing out to 5 foot on center for a more natural look. To create a wonderfully organic look, use an odd numbered group of plants. Vary the spacing between the plants—from 4 - 6 feet on center—and use a gentle zig-zagging planting pattern for a feeling of flow.
Then, plant another odd-numbered group nearby. Use 3 total groups for a wonderful look. Prairie Fire would be very effective when used this way in natural groups along the prairie’s edge or edge of a woodland.
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 firepit or rustic hammock stand using this technique.
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. Enjoy yourself!
#ProPlantTips for Care
Prairie Fire Dogwood grows in just about any soil. It can tolerate areas that remain damp periodically. 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.
Give it a moderate amount of water regularly for best performance. This is especially important when the shrub is young.
Prune all varieties of Red Twigged Dogwood in the fall. Cut out the thickest stems down to the ground. You’ll want to use those cut stems for your Holiday decorating.
The oldest stems lose their color, so it is important to keep those oldest thickest stems removed down to the ground. 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.
This is a really special variety of Red Twigged Dogwood. Order your Prairie Fire Dogwood today. Don’t wait and take a chance you’ll miss out on this year’s crop!
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
|Young Plants to 18 Months|
|2"x2"x3"||Ranges from||.18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume|
|4.5" Container||Equal to||.655 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume|
|3.5" Container||Equal to||.67 dry quart / .74 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|
|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|
|#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|
|#5 Container||Ranges from||2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 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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|Botanical Name||Cornus alba 'Prairie Fire'|
|Mature Height||5 - 7 feet|
|Mature Spread||5 - 7 feet|
|Soil Type||Widely Adaptable|
|Sun Exposure||Full Sun, Partial Sun|
|Foliage Color||Yellow, Green|
|Fall Color||Orange, Red|