Answer: The shrubby or twig dogwoods are very hardy plants and look lovely during the winter if you can site them so that their twigs show up against a background of either snow or evergreens. However, in order to exhibit the best winter color, the stems need to be cut off short to the ground in early spring every year. In addition, the bushes grow in a scraggly manner and are not particularly decorative the rest of the year. They also tend to sucker and colonize a rather large area -- which incidentally is one of the ways they look best -- as a mass planting. Finally, they prefer a moist soil and will grow in sun or shade and are a good plant for wildlife.
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