Cornus racemosa 'Irish Setter' donning fall color

Cornus x 'Irish Setter' donning fall color

Cornus x racemosa 'Irish Setter'

Shrub Dogwood

Plant Type:


Cornus 'J. N. Red Stem' - (Irish Setter™) Red. Red. Red. 'Irish Setter' is a taller hybrid born of the pairing of C. racemosa and C. amomum. With exceptional red to red-purple fall color and handsome earthy red winter wood it is a handsome four-season shrub. Oldest wood is typically gray but newest wood is red-hued. There is little that is gray about this fine selection. Two-inch white flowers cover the shrub in June in great numbers. Red pedicels mature holding white berries beloved by the birds. Very nice consistent red fall foliage cloaks the shrub until leaf drop. In winter, the persistent red pedicels embroider the youngest twigs which are also red, a most attractive embroidery atop new earthy red stems that mature to smooth gray. Fertile, moisture retaining soil in part to full sun. Established potted Gray Dogwood from cutting.

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10-12 ft


10-12 ft




(3b)4 to 8
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Characteristics and Attributes for Cornus x racemosa 'Irish Setter'

Season of Interest (Flowering)

  • Spring

Season of Interest (Foliage)

  • Spring / Summer / Autumn

Interesting Bark

  • Handsome

Autumn Interest

  • Autumn Leaf Color
  • Fruit / Berries / Seed Heads

Nature Attraction

  • Butterflies
  • Songbirds
  • Honey Bees & Native Bees
  • Deer Resistant


  • Full Sun
  • Mostly Sunny


  • Natural Garden
  • Border
  • Grouping
  • Fruiting
  • Shrub Border
  • Hedge
  • Filler
  • Hedgerow
  • Meadow / Field

Growth Rate in the Garden

  • Moderately Fast


  • Draining
  • Fertile


  • Garden Origin

Propagated By

  • Cutting Grown

Genus Overview: Cornus

Cornus. The Dogwoods come in many sizes – low growing shrubs to rounded trees. They are indispensable in a garden with almost all species and cultivars sporting four seasons of interest. Many exhibit richly-colored winter wood, attractive flowers and pretty berries in blue or white. Most offer terrific fall foliage color. The cultivars that offer gorgeous winter bark are especially well-used as background to lower growing evergeens or as foreground shrubs set before conifers, their stem colors glowing in winter against a backdrop of green, black-green, yellow or blue. All that produce flowers and fruit are very fine choices for the wildlife enthusiast. The trees provide nesting spots. When shrubs are grouped together these also provide nesting opportunities for some species of sparrows and even catbirds among others. The trees and shrubs provide nectar for bees and many other pollinators when in flower. Birds relish the late season fruits. All prefer fertile soils that retain some moisture between rain events. All of our offerings are cutting grown.