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Cornus sanguinea 'Compressa'

Bloodtwig Dogwood

Plant Type:


Cornus sanguinea ‘Compressa’ (syn. Thelycrania sanguinea 'Compressa') – 'Compressa' is a most uncommon form of the Common Dogwood with all stems strictly vertical ascending within a narrow framework. The deeply corrugated, coin-shaped glossy green leaves occur densely on shortened internodes turning a dark burgundy in autumn. The flowers are small, dense typical white cymes. Winter stem color is a deep, earthy red-purple. This curious yet beautiful shrub has many applications – from foundation to rock garden, mixed with perennials, grasses or conifers it will add a distinctive flair to your garden. And its narrow, very vertical stature makes it a great candidate for tight spots or an accentual exclamation point. Site ‘Compressa’ in full to nearly full sun planted in fertile soil. Cutting grown.

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4-6 ft


1-2 ft




(3)4 to 7a
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Characteristics and Attributes for Cornus sanguinea 'Compressa'

Season of Interest (Flowering)

  • Spring

Season of Interest (Foliage)

  • Spring / Summer / Autumn

Interesting Bark

  • Colored

Autumn Interest

  • Autumn Leaf Color

Nature Attraction

  • Butterflies
  • Songbirds
  • Honey Bees & Native Bees


  • Mostly Sunny
  • Full Sun


  • Specimen
  • Accent

Growth Rate in the Garden

  • Medium


  • Fertile


  • North America

Propagated By

  • Cutting Grown

Genus Overview: Cornus

Cornus. The Dogwoods come in many sizes – low growing shrubs to rounded trees. Many have beautiful winter wood, beautiful flowers and berries for wildlife. Most have terrific fall foliage color. They are indispensable in a garden with almost all species and cultivars sporting 4 seasons of interest. All prefer fertile soils that retain some moisture between rainfalls. Many if not all are a presently a botanical Latin taxonomic tangle. In fact, taxonomists have been very busy renaming both trees and shrubs to the point that they have managed to do to Dogwoods what they foisted upon Asters. For the nursery owner the outcome is nothing but a monstrous tangle of confusion for nurseries and customers alike. And as much as I rail against common names I now use the word "aster" as I utilize "dogwood" for the sake and ease of lubricated communication. Ours are being offered under monikers that are currently embraced by most folks in the industry but followed parenthetically with the swanky new names foisted upon us all by the taxonomists... those elusive, ghostly beings who secretly impose as do the FISA court judges in the U.S. (Uh oh, they've begun an FBI folder on me!!!) We take many of our cues from the esteemed Michael Dirr... not regarding FISA courts or the FBI. You know what I mean. All of our offerings are cutting grown.