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Dogwood tree

Hi guys,

I bought and planted a few trees last year, one being a dogwood and it has never been happy.  Once planted the leaves turned brown and dropped off, i assumed trauma from planting so watered well and fed it and more leaves came and dropped off, at which point it was towards the end of summer so i thought perhaps a seasonal thing now.

This spring leaves formed and started to open out, and are again turning brown and beginning to drop.  Clearly it is not happy where it is, is it OK to move it now?  I was wondering if i could pop it in a big pot and then i can put it somewhere more sheltered when required as i do have quite a windy garden and it does currently get alot of wind, also sun and is surrounded by other plants.

I could either keep it in a pot at least for now, if it needs shade i will have an area which gets less sun ready by next year.  I just didn't want it to keep getting weaker and weaker in a place where it clearly isn't happy.

Any advice?


  • ButtercupdaysButtercupdays Posts: 4,461
    There are several different dogwoods, with different needs, what sort is yours?
  • Oh sorry,  just been out and found the pot it came in, its a florida cherikee sunset
  • chickychicky Posts: 10,392
    Do you know the PH of your soil?  The flowering dogwoods like acid soil best, will tolerate neutral, but will struggle in alkaline.
  • @chicky i have no idea, i haven't tested it but i have just googled plants that thrive in acidic soil and i do have alot of those plants growing well and see them in my neighbors gardens so i assume it is acidic.

    In which case probably getting a large pot and keeping it in more alkaline soil there would be better for it as my whole garden will be the same?
  • chickychicky Posts: 10,392
    If you and your neighbours grow acid loving plants then your dogwood should be fine there.  So the soil ph is not the problem .....the detective work will need to continue 🕵🏻‍♂️ 
  • @chicky oh yes i see now you said it likes acidic.  
  • FYI i popped the tree into a pot with compost and put it by the house so a little more sheltered from some of the wind(its still quite windy) and direct sun so it now just gets sun for about half the day and it has all new leaves, not turning brown and seems happy now. 
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