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i have a red and yellow dogwood.  well over 3 years old.  i pruned them when i was supposed to and they are growing lovely but very very spindly.  what do i do now to improve them.


is it my fault they are spindly or just one of those things.


  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,417

    I think they are spindly. They're a great colour in winter but they're not very  lovely the rest of the year

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • ObelixxObelixx Posts: 30,010

    If it's Midwinter Fire it can be spindly but the stems do thicken with age.  However the object is always to have fresh new stems each year in order to get the flame effect of the bare, coloured stems in winter.

    Mine have lovely bright green foliage tinged with red all summer and it turns golden in autumn.


    Vendée - 20kms from Atlantic coast.
    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
  • Invicta2Invicta2 Posts: 663


    If you are pruning them hard on an annual basis then you need to feed them generously to make up for the loss of nutrients from the pruning. The plants naturally grow in damp areas so you need to ensure they are not growing in a very dry spot.

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