Cornus sanguinea 'Midwinter Fire (syn. 'Winter Flame')'

Bloodtwig Dogwood

Plant Type:


Cornus sanguinea ‘Midwinter Fire’ (syn. Thelycrania sanguinea ‘Winter Flame’) – This is a most beautiful Bloodtwig Dogwood when temperatures plummet sporting branches a warm orange-yellow to yellow becoming increasingly pink, coral to red at the tips – a heartwarming color in the winter landscape. The leaves turn bright yellow in autumn. May/June white flowers followed by purple-black drupes are adored by the birds and often eaten before they can be appreciated by humans! Plant ‘Midwinter Fire’ in fertile draining soil. We cut the oldest wood out of our shrubs every 3 years which stimulates new growth. You will achieve better winter stem color on younger wood. This will also help to keep the shrub from growing out of proportion with neighboring plants. Cutting grown.

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6-10 ft


6-8 ft



Characteristics and Attributes for Cornus sanguinea 'Midwinter Fire (syn. 'Winter Flame')'

Season of Interest (Flowering)

  • Spring

Season of Interest (Foliage)

  • Spring / Summer / Autumn

Interesting Bark

  • Smooth
  • Colored

Autumn Interest

  • Fruit / Berries / Seed Heads
  • Autumn Leaf Color

Nature Attraction

  • Butterflies
  • Songbirds
  • Honey Bees & Native Bees


  • Full Sun
  • Mostly Sunny


  • Hedge
  • Border
  • Accent
  • Hedgerow
  • Specimen
  • Shrub Border

Growth Rate in the Garden

  • Moderately Fast


  • Draining
  • 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.