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Check my dogwood pruning

JoeXJoeX Posts: 1,783
Hi all,

Im done waiting for my dogwoods to take off, they went in the ground winter before last and didn’t do much growing last year.

Does this look right?

I’ve another two big enough to trim, but they both sprout from a single stem, should they still be cut to the ground?

Cheers, TP


  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 34,053
    I'd have gone to the next pair up on the thicker stems, not that it makes much difference i suppose.
  • JoeXJoeX Posts: 1,783
    Thanks, how about this one - to the ground (leaving one stump) or trim the three branches?

  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 34,053
    Find a pair of buds on each of the three stems .
  • LiriodendronLiriodendron Posts: 8,028
    The variegated ones don't like being pruned so hard.  I almost lost my Cornus alba 'Elegantissima' by not knowing that...
    Since 2019 I've lived in east Clare, in the west of Ireland.
  • PosyPosy Posts: 3,601
    It's a good idea  to get them growing vigorously before you cut back. Some are stronger growers than others. For  a young plant, I would just cut back a few stems the first time.
  • WilderbeastWilderbeast Posts: 1,413
    This is probably bad etiquette asking questions on an existing thread. I've just moved all my cornus so should I prune or not ? 
  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 34,053
    If you've just moved them, reducing "top growth" is often useful to reduce stress for the plant trying to sustain excessive growth. 
  • WilderbeastWilderbeast Posts: 1,413
    Thanks Hostafan1 it was the plan but thought best to ask 👍
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