Cornus sericea ‘Arctic Fire’

The garden as usual the great solace is blanketed with yet another  dump of lovely fresh snow.  Best mulch of course, but a little hard for slogging about back there with compost. Gotten very lazy about doing that so it’s into the city compost.

This dogwood is on my mind. It looks great in  my neighbour Laurie’s garden which is where I shot this picture.  I took out its mirror image on my side of the fence.   I found that it suckered way too much for me. And though we diligently dug it out, it’s still suckering its way around.

2011 Cornus 'Arctic Fire' I was disappointed in this though I want Laurie to keep hers so I can enjoy it from the house.  There are better cultivars such as ‘Winter Flame’  at least so they seem. I’m looking at catalogues which say that ‘Arctic  Fire’ doesn’t sucker.  That’s either dead wrong or my plant was mis-identified.   I believe it suckers.

But looking at this makes me want to have many coloured stems. So far here there’s a struggling Acer palmatum ‘Sangu-Kaku’ which has fantastic colour but it may not last to many more years.

Cornus alba ‘Sibirica’ which I planted back in 1968 has grown, fallen apart, been pruned back into youth and is now looking tiny but intense. By next year it will fill a good space and be more obvious.

Love this species. And the sizes are just right for a small garden planted individually, and en masse in huge or country gardens.

Thank you thank you for the kind comments about my husband Jack’s condition. We’re in the depressing waiting for medical attention mode.

5 Comments
  • Diane Marchese

    January 19, 2011 at 6:38 pm

    I’ve just been through this Christmas season with my mom in the hospital having cancer surgery. It’s been a month now and she’s feeling like herself again. My solace during this time, your gardening books, and buying amaryllis at 50% off, so I bought four. I figure I can keep one blooming every month till we get to spring. I wish you and Jack the best, and make sure they know you are there for Jack because I found that you really have to be an advocate for your loved one. Once the patient gets on a ward they can unfortunately get overlooked too often.

  • cheryl

    January 21, 2011 at 9:14 pm

    I luuuuuvvvvve red in the winter garden. Gives it a spice of life! I’ve made cuttings from dogwood growing wild along my river, stuck them in the planters and lo and behold come spring while cleaing them out, I find they’ve taken root! Me thinks it’s all in the timing. None survived after the initial yanking, no wonder, I was a tad harsh. Next time I’ll remove them gently.
    Thinking of you and Jack pondering 🙂

  • Michael Farrow

    April 3, 2011 at 9:22 pm

    I developed Arctic Fire Dogwood here at Holly Hill Farms . You’re right, in that your plant was misidentified as Arctic Fire. I have had plants of this cultivar in the landscape for almost 10 years and have never seen a sucker! I challenge you to obtain guenuine Arctic Fire plant material and correct any misstatements you may have made. It’s a solid plant that has earned significant praise with in the industry.

  • Allan

    April 24, 2011 at 1:02 pm

    I operate a landscape company and have never had a problem with it.

  • Marjorie

    June 16, 2011 at 7:40 am

    Arctic Fire is indeed a good plant. ‘Midwinter Fire’ is the one I should have referred to as one that will sucker all over the place. It’s still coming up two years later. I’ll try ‘Arctic Fire’ as soon as I can find space for it. Sorry for this long long wait to reply I’m just getting on to this.

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