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If you do nothing else to care for your Dogwood shrubs.

May 12, Kousa dogwoods are genetically an upright, vase-shaped tree. Our native dogwoods grow quite differently, more reaching, horizontal branching. With that said, you can prune now to force branches a certain direction. Also, remember that this tree is putting on flower blooms in the fall. Dogwood is a spring-blooming shrub, and you should prune once the flowering is complete.

The flower buds develop on the previous season’s growth and pruning dogwood in. Jun 27, Every year, in late winter, you'll want to remove about a third of the old, most faded stems from your Dogwood shrub, cutting them back to the ground.

Also cut out any damaged or dead stems. This method will encourage more new, brightly colored stems to emerge when the plant emerges from dormancy in spring. Jul 12, A: This isn’t a huge species, but without any pruning, Kousa dogwoods can grow 25 feet tall and wide. You can keep it smaller with annual pruning. One good time is. Jan 13, Prune away old, twiggy stems. Some dogwood varieties, particularly the shrubby types, are valued mostly for the colorful bark that grows on new stems.

You can either cut back the old stems on these dogwoods or cut them down K. For hard or rejuvenating pruning, prune the older stems or canes in the late winter while the dogwood shrub is dormant.

For general shaping, prune the shrub right after it has finished blooming up to July. When you prune will depend entirely on what type of pruning you are doing. Let’s talk about each type of pruning and when it should be done.

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