Cayenne Red-stem Dogwood. When one sees the winter stems of this species in pictures, there is always the response, "I have to have one." Unfortunately in the Deep South they will barely survive and when they do, the stems don't turn the brilliant red that one always sees in pictures. But this is a selection made by Plant Introductions that not only survives in our heat but thrives as well. Of course its cultivar name 'Cayenne' refers to the Cayenne-red stems that it displays throughout the winter months. This is a great plant for winter interest. Grow it in full sun with good drainage for best results. It will attain a height of 6-8' and a spread of 4-6'. The flowers are small and whitish in a floral cyme in spring and are not particularly showy. So one should not expect the large showy bracts of our native Dogwood, Cornus florida. Berries formed in late summer and fall turn from green to red to dark blue and are loved by birds.