Red Pygmy®

U.S. Plant Patent #15,219
Photo: Red Pygmy.

Red Pygmy® bracts.
Photo courtesy of Ann Siske.

Photo: Red Pygmy.

Red Pygmy®.
Photo courtesy of Pat Bzdek.

Photo: Red Pygmy fruit.

Red Pygmy® fruit in Fall.
Photo courtesy of Ann Siske.

The variety Red Pygmy® is a rare dwarf red flowering dogwood that is ideal for use in a small garden space.  Red Pygmy® may be used in Japanese-style gardens, as a specimen plant, or used in grouping with other dwarfs of comparable size and shape.

Qualities for Red Pygmy® include:

  • Is a true genetic dwarf, growing no higher than three feet during the first five years of age with a mature height of approximately seven feet after ten years
  • Flowers (bracts) are abundant, producing over fifty somewhat  twisted, deep pink – red flowers that are the size of standard dogwoods, three plus inches in diameter
  • Consistent bloomer each year, flowering in late April and into May – in New Jersey
  • Expect dense side-branches that produce a mounded appearance to the small tree  
  • In fall months you will be rewarded with attractive bright red fruit
  • Expect attractive dark green foliage during the summer, with the leaves turning shades of orange and brown in the fall
  • Has displayed a high level of  winter hardiness – USDA Plant Hardiness Zone 6A

Bract color variations shown for plants from TN & NJ, during different years and growing conditions.

Photo: Red Pygmy bracts.

Red Pygmy® - Photo courtesy of Ann Siske (TN).

Photo: Red Pygmy bracts.

Red Pygmy® - Photo courtesy of Pat Bzdek (NJ).

Like many flowering plant parts, dogwood floral bracts may show variations in bract shape, color, and other features such as edge and tip coloration during their growth. Young leaves may be more pointy or narrower than mature bracts, for example. Additionally, external factors such as sun, shade, soil (acidity) and weather may affect the bract features. Strong sun and high temperatures may 'bleach' colored tracts of many varieties, some more than others. In some instances, white bracts turn pinkish before dying, or if the weather turns cold. Some pink bracts may appear white in some seasons. Additionally, the famous Fall leaf colorations may vary greatly in different environments and in different years.