What is my cornus doing?
In June last year I bought a cornus Baton Rouge. I chose this particular cultivar because of its slim, upright habit and was delighted with the way it looked in the corner spot (photo taken August). I had a marvellous display of brilliant red stems throughout the Winter and cut it down in March, as I always do with other cornus in the garden. But now it looks completely different (2nd photo taken yesterday): a few stems are growing upright but a large number at ground level are growing outwards, almost at right angles. What has happened - and would you remove these stems? Could it possibly be lack of water? I think this is very unlikely and the whole plant looks very healthy ....