Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey | Office of the Executive Dean of Agriculture and Natural Resources [Licensing and Technology: Agricultural Products]

Red Pygmy®

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

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