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How to Prune Dogwood Trees? 3 Important Things to Know

The dogwood tree is a very popular tree in the United States. Though there are a lot of beautiful trees, dogwood is debatably unmatched for its all year round, four season beauty. Amazingly, such a beautiful tree does not make a fuss about its care. It grows quickly and can thrive right in the environment of your own home.

Dogwood trees are usually added by homeowners to their gardens because of their great ornamental look. Trees that provide a hardy landscape design. It grows naturally in some parts of the United States, and is especially used for those who want to engage in landscaping and aesthetic design with their garden and yards.

Dogwood has some very interesting physical characteristics. One of the distinguishing characteristics of the dogwood tree is its scaly bark exterior. Once the tree has reached maturity, the sides of the tree start to crack, giving it a pretty scaly look.

If you want to be able to maintain a healthy and fast growing dogwood tree, you would need to know how to maintain it. This includes learning how to prune dogwood trees, as well as knowing how much water the tree needs, and how often it should be taken care of in terms of maintenance and pruning.

Trees can be a lovely addition to any home if taken care of properly. So make sure that you are sufficiently equipped to handle the marvelous beauty of the dogwood tree.

#1: Dead Branches on Dogwood Tree

Being able to avoid dead branches on dogwood tree is all about knowing how to first grow and take care of a dogwood tree. These trees are sturdy in their own right as soon as they mature, but getting a seedling or a young tree to grow into a healthy and strong tree is difficult if you do not know the basics. This is not rocket science, just plain old gardening common sense.

By learning how to grow dogwood trees, you will be able to grow trees that have a range of colors from white to red. The flowers on the dogwood tree usually bloom during the spring season, which adds to the color and depth during this season. It may not be as popular in beauty as bougainvillea or lavender, but they are definitely beautiful.

In order to grow dogwood trees, you will need to know that they are generally grown in places where they are also surrounded by more than just one tree. They grow in crowded or protected places with larger trees, which means that the landscape in which you put the dogwood should be one that takes this into account.

The dogwood tree originally grew in places where there is more shade and less space, which might be good news for some who do not have a lot of space to spare for a new tree like the dogwood tree.

Thus, since the dogwood tree grows in areas that are overcrowded and peppered with a lot of neighboring trees and plants, this means that the dogwood tree is used to a sunlight exposure that is only partial or minimal, and not that kind of sun exposure that is directly overbearing on the tree’s leaves and bark. The tree grows best in partially shaded areas. It prefers less sunlight for its maximum growth.

Because of the protection and barriers that the leaves and branches of surrounding trees provide, the amount of sunlight that gets through to the dogwood tree in the woods is relatively less when compared to other areas and trees. Dogwood trees that grow in partially shaded areas generally perform better than dogwood trees that grow under direct sunlight, or with no sunlight at all.

Aside from the sunlight a dogwood tree needs, you will also have to think about the sort of climate and soil conditions it will need. Though the dogwood tree is a kind of tree that can grow faster than other trees, it still needs the proper nutrition and support that it can receive from the soil upon which it grows on.

The soil that a dogwood tree would need in order to grow fully and properly is one that is rich in humus, and slightly acidic. These are the ideal conditions for the dogwood tree, since it provides them with nutrients and minerals it needs in order to grow. Also, the acidity is perfect for the dogwood tree and does not hamper its ability to grow.

#2: Types of Dogwood Trees

There are a lot of types of dogwood trees, to the point that picking one is probably easier since you have a lot of choices to choose from. All in all, there are 17 species of the dogwood tree in North America, which is good news for those who live in the vicinity, since the number of dogwood tree varieties they can own really depends on their preferences.

This does not have to be limited to only one choice. The most common type of dogwood tree is the flowering dogwood. Because it produces beautiful flowers and blooms, it would make sense why people would want to nurture and grow this kind of dogwood tree.

However, the other types of dogwood trees range from small shrubs to ornamental single-trunked trees. This means that you have quite a lot of possible options, a wide range of potential plant to choose from. Each dogwood specie offers something unique to the table.

#3: Pruning Overgrown Dogwood

As with all the types of dogwood trees, learning about pruning overgrown dogwood trees is necessary if you want to maintain the beauty and aesthetic of your dogwood tree. In order to properly trim or prune your overgrown dogwood tree, the best time to do it would be during late fall and winter when the tree is still dormant.

Doing your pruning when the tree is dormant allows you to cut off the excess growth of the tree without side effects. Doing the pruning during the tree’s active time will only backfire. It will only encourage more growth out of the tree.

Do not do it during spring, since this might attract unwanted pest and insects. Pruning really involves removing the damaged and diseased branches of the tree at the collar. You can also remove twigs and branches that are not in accordance with the look that you want with your dogwood tree.

Dogwood trees are prone to anthracnose, a fungal disease for trees. Its symptoms include spots in the leaves of the tree as well as twig dieback (twig begins to die from the tip, the damage grows backwards). Though there are preventive measures to avoid this disease, such as good air circulation and a satisfactory watering system, pruning is the only way to combat the disease once it sets in. Prune the afected areas and you are well on your way to recovering the health of your dogwood tree.

Pests are another point of concern. The most common pest dogwood trees suffer from are dogwood borers. These insects burrow their larvae under the bark of the tree and branches. Larvae that are newly hatched enter the bark through wounds, cuts or broken barks. It is important to avoid damaging your tree unnecessarily when pruning or maintaining the tree.

Always use clean and sharp shears when pruning to avoid making messy cuts. You can use insecticides to kill dogwood borers residing within your tree. A symptom of dogwood borer infestation is the sloughing or exfoliating of loose barks. In more sever cases, crown dieback may be present.


Learning how to prune the dogwood tree can also be done by knowing when and how to remove the parts of the dogwood tree that are no longer wanted. Sometimes, if you fail to prune the dogwood tree at the right time, it can lead to more unwanted consequences, like pests and insects living under the exposed portions of the tree or bark that had just been pruned.

When pruning, you can also remove the suckers that grow at the base of the tree by using shears and scissors. These suckers are bad for the tree because they use energy that the tree needs in order for it to grow on its own. You can remove these by pulling at the roots as close as possible to the tree, in order to hopefully remove it totally from the tree itself. Likewise, when you see branches that are crossing on each other, it would be helpful to remove at least one of the branches.

For best results, prune your tree only when it is dormant. It is easy enough to grow, so no need to prune it just to encourage growth. Also make sure that its living environment are optimal so avoid as much diseases and infestations as possible.

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