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Dogwood Tree Facts

November 14, 2015

Written by Fergus Mason.

Among the many species of flowering trees you might choose to liven up your property, the dogwood family contains some of the most attractive. These trees have been grown for centuries for their dense, fine-grained timber and now they’re popular among gardeners too. There are dozens of species and while some are unremarkable, others can give you a spectacular display of flowers and foliage.

Dogwoods are found throughout the northern hemisphere, with distinct groups in North America (mostly the southeast) and Eurasia. The more ornamental species can now be found almost anywhere because they’ve been exported and carefully cultivated. There’s a good chance you have one or more of these impressive trees in your own yard, and if so you’ll know how beautiful it is in early summer when the white or yellow flowers are in full bloom. But how much else do you know about it? Let’s look at some dogwood facts.

It’s obvious that dogwoods and people have a long history together. Their timber has been very important in the past and still has its uses today. The trees themselves decorate our yards and parks, and help sustain wildlife through summer and fall. If you’d like to have a dogwood tree of your own they’re not hard to grow, as long as your climate is suitable for them. There are many cultivars, especially of the flowering dogwood, and some of them are truly stunning – The Tree Center has more than half a dozen of the most impressive.

To ensure success with a dogwood look for a spot that gets partial shade – they’re very tolerant of light levels, but partial shade will avoid stress and give the best results. Soil type isn’t critical but they do favor slightly acidic ground that’s rich in humus, and it has to be well drained. Help your tree by planting it to about two-thirds the depth of the root ball, then mounding the soil around it.

Dogwoods rarely need fertilizer unless the soil is very poor, and even then small quantities of a slow release fertilizer will be adequate. They do need regular watering through summer and fall, ideally once a week. A deep organic mulch will help keep water in. Do any pruning in summer – they tend to bleed sap if cut in winter.

Growing a dogwood can be very satisfying, because it will be a beautiful addition to your scenery as well as a benefit to the local wildlife. You’ll also be helping to preserve a tree that’s been very useful to us in the past and still has a lot to offer today.

 

 

Comments 4 comments

  1. May 8, 2016 by Walter

    I have a light green something growing on the shady side of my dogwood and on the underside of each branch. I live in the Piedmont of North Carolina. The tree itself is quite small, and the tree grows in the middle of my struggling lawn. It is in a full sunny spot.

    The web address below will take you to a photo where there is a little of what I am talking about:
    http://web2.cnre.vt.edu/dendro/dendrology/images/Cornus%20florida/bark1.jpg

    I do not know if this is ordinary, horrifyingly bad, or what I can or should do about it.

    Any advice you can give or identification would be greatly appreciated.

    Walter

  2. January 20, 2019 by Srikant

    Is the Dogwood strong enough for a hammock?

  3. March 11, 2019 by Lucy

    Hey. I’m wondering if the sap from the dogwood tree is poisonous. Can you find out about that?

  4. April 24, 2020 by Jennifer Leckel

    Do you sell dwarf dog woods?

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