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Would you chop this cornus?

BerkleyBerkley Posts: 428


I'm sure this  cornus (Batôn Rouge) is going to look lovely in a bare, semi-shaded corner of my garden. I really don't want to remove it's beautiful stems, especially as there are a number of flower buds .... do you think I could leave the "cornus chop" I always apply until next Spring?


  • punkdocpunkdoc Posts: 14,378

    You can do that of course, but those stems will become duller as the year goes on.

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  • ObelixxObelixx Posts: 29,653

    You need to chop to get the gorgeous red stems as they fade to dull brown as they age.

    Try taking out just half the stems while it's still a young plant and then you get the best of both worlds and the new stems that grow will probably flower later giving you a double show and then you'll have the bright stems for winter.   Next spring, remove the stems you left this year and so on thru years to come.

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  • MayLaneMayLane Posts: 203

    Will new stems grow to the same height?

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