Answer: Red twig dogwoods have the reddest coloring on the newest stems or growth. For this reason, gardeners will cut the shrubs back very hard, say a foot from the ground, to force lots of twiggy new growth. This is done in late winter each year. Having said that, there are named varieties selected for their color while the species will show variation with some plants simply better colored than others. In my experience there is nothing you can do to affect the color apart from the pruning. You might try that and see what happens next year. Good luck with your red twig dogwoods!
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