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Chinese dogwood

What's anyone's experience with Chinese dogwood, is it slow growing, does the plant need to reach maturity before flowering, when should it be pruned? 

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  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Derbyshire but with a Nottinghamshire postcode. Posts: 16,472

    Fairly slow growing. About 5m high and spread after 25 years. Flowers well even when young. I only prune out dead branches.(usually at the bottom)

  • hogweedhogweed Central ScotlandPosts: 4,053

    Mine was about 7-8 foot high and the same wide this year. I cut it back a bit after flowering.

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  • Iv just bought one about 5ft tall, don't know how old it is but cost £70, I'm guessing from the price its got to be a few years old

  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Derbyshire but with a Nottinghamshire postcode. Posts: 16,472

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     Give it ample room to spread. I planted easy fillers either side of this, that I didn't mind sacrificing as the Cornus got bigger.  Buddlejas and lavateras are cheap and make good temporary (5 years) fillers

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