There is a beautiful version that comes into its own now, Cornus sanguinea 'Midwinter Fire'.
STEM THE FLAMES Bask in beauty of the bright orange stems of Cornus sanguinea 'Midwinter Fire'
The smaller growing cornus sanguinea
midwinter fire has stems of red, orange and yellow while cornus stolonifera flaviramea has bright yellow-green stems.
Two great choices of Cornus or dogwood for winter stem colour are Cornus alba, including 'Sibirica' and Cornus sanguinea
(Common dogwood), including 'Winter Flame'.
Good varieties include Cornus sanguinea
(`Midwinter Fire'), which grows to around 4ft, while if you are looking for a red-barked type, go for C.
For a stunning border plant cornus aurea, which has red winter stems, alongside cornus flaviramea, whose stems are greenish-yellow, and add a few cornus kesselringii, which has dark purple stems, with the odd coral pink-tipped twigs of cornus sanguinea
`Winter Beauty' - has bright orangeyellow shoots with red winter tips.