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. 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.