Red Pygmy® Dogwood

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Darling "Pop" of Color Red Pygmy® Dogwood

  • Tiny Dogwood Tree
  • Delightful Color in Spring and Fall
  • Tiny Flowers Surrounded by Large Pink to Rose Red Flower Bracts
  • Each Bract's Notch is Highlighted by White
  • Floral Display Lasts for Weeks
  • Fine-Textured Green Leaves all Summer
  • Fall Color is a Fantastic Rusty-Red
  • Perfect for Large Containers
  • Rare Dwarf Cultivar of Native Flowering Dogwood
  • Upright Growth Habit
  • Feeds Butterflies, Honey Bees and Birds

Looking for a very special small accent tree for your patio or courtyard? The colorful good looks of Red Pygmy® Dogwood (Cornus florida 'Rutnut') make a very charming choice.

Like it's larger cousin, Red Pygmy Dogwood features graceful branches and a sweetly evocative form. But this natural dwarf stays pint-sized, and the color is deeply enhanced.

This petite tree has such showy blooms in the early spring. Held on bare branches, the "flowers" are actually four flower bracts that surround a little button of true flowers.

You'll never tire of the color play between clear red, pink-red and rose-pink. Each bloom is different and truly stands out.

Every bract is spotlit by a white tip at the very center of the notched end. These outstanding spring bracts look like they were custom-designed!

They'll decorate your landscape with style each spring. You'll have plenty of butterflies, as well. They love the early nectar resource.

But it's not only beautiful in the spring. In the summertime, fine-textured, glossy, dark green foliage becomes a fetching robe for the lovely, upright branches.

Another colorful display happens in fall, when the leaves brighten into an intensely rusty orange-red. The leaves are punctuated with bright red fruits that are relished by your local songbirds.

Your guests will be drawn to these cunning little trees! Use them as a "Thriller" in large outdoor containers for years and years.

These valuable small trees fit just about anywhere. Go ahead and downsize without losing any visual appeal with Red Pygmy Dogwood.

Hurry, please place your order today! These tiny trees will sell out quickly.

How to Use Red Pygmy® Dogwood in the Landscape

Perfect as a specimen tree for your courtyard or entryway, Red Pygmy can be grown either in the ground or in a large container. Allow it to become a special focal point in your garden design to welcome your guests.

Place seating nearby, as you'll want to study the tender, multi-toned blooms. In fact, you can repeat their use along your patio entertainment area.

Style them in dark gray or navy blue pots as a subtle enhancement to bring out the full color of Red Pygmy. Or, make yourself smile with hot magenta pink or burgundy pots. Your yard, your choice!

These showy Dogwood trees are small enough to use a very special hedge. They'll make an incredible backdrop for your perennial border, as well.

Plant multiple Red Pygmy Dogwood trees four feet apart on center. Measure from the center of one to the center of the next.

Partner with other pollinator-friendly plants in a postage-stamp sized Butterfly Garden. Look for other easy-care plants that bloom throughout the season to give you a long-lasting daily dose of joy.

Keep your camera ready to take photos of all the beautiful butterflies and birds that will come visit. Add several bird feeders to further entice songbirds to visit your space.

ProPlantTips for Care

Plant Red Pygmy Dogwood in a spot that receives morning sun and dappled afternoon shade. They'll do best with at least four hours of direct sunlight a day.

Plant it in slightly acidic, well-drained soil. If grown in containers, add handfuls of peat moss to the planting mix. Top with pine bark mulch or pine straw and keep them well-watered.

It's important to provide a medium amount of water on a regular basis. Containerized trees and young trees in their first season may need more frequent watering.

Prune them to shape after flowering. Remove crossed branches and branches heading into the interior of the canopy.

Red Pygmy is a modern cultivar of the native Dogwood. It's absolutely gorgeous! Order Red Pygmy® Dogwood from the expert growers at Nature Hills.

Once you place your order online, you'll receive an order confirmation in your email inbox. We'll pull your trees from the field and prep them for shipment.

You'll receive a shipping notification via email. Watch your doorstep for a very sturdy box! Enjoy these sweet, special dwarf red Flowering Dogwoods.

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
#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 18.99
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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Red Pygmy® Dogwood Is Suited to Grow in Zones 5-9
Growing Zones 5-9
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Cornus florida 'Rutnut'
Type Deciduous
Mature Height 5 - 7 feet
Mature Spread 5 - 6 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun, Partial Shade
Soil Well Drained
Moisture Medium
Growth Rate Medium
Flower Color Green, Yellow
Fall Color Red
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Pruning Time After Flowering
Fragrant No