How to Make Clippings With Dogwood Trees


Dogwood trees are ornamental plants that make good specimen trees in partially sunny landscapes. They are typically selected because they produce flowers in spring and red berries and foliage in fall. The plants do not grow well in full shade or full sun, but grow very well in partial shade. Most dogwood plants are purchased from nurseries for landscaping, but you can also propagate the plants from cuttings taken from established trees.

Step 1

Time your cuttings for spring or summer. Dogwood trees can be taken from softwood cuttings in spring or semi-hardwood cuttings in summer.

Step 2

Select a branch with few or no flowers for your cutting from a tree that is healthy and disease free. Strip away any flowers from your cutting limb so that the limb's energy will go into producing roots.

Step 3

Time your cutting for early in the morning when your dogwood tree's limbs are swollen with moisture.

Step 4

Sharpen your pruning shears so that the cutting will not be crushed when you take it. Soak a cloth with bleach and swipe your shears in between cuttings to prevent the spread of diseases.

Step 5

Position your shears 6 inches away from the tip of your branch and just above the point where a leaf or flower emerges from the branch (the node). There should be at least 3 more nodes between the point where you take the cutting and the end of the branch. Cut through the branch straight across the limb.

Step 6

Place the cutting in a sandwich bag filled with water to prevent it from drying out between the point of cutting the branch and the point where it can be rooted. For long-term storage, place the branch in a refrigerator at 40 degrees in a sandwich bag filled with slightly-damp peat moss.

Things You'll Need

  • Dogwood tree
  • Pruning shears
  • Sharpeners
  • Bleach
  • Cloth
  • Sandwich bag
  • Peat moss
  • Refrigerator


  • NC State Univeristy Extension: Flowering Dogwood
  • NC State Univeristy Extension: Plant Propagation by Stem Cuttings: Instructions for the Home Gardener
  • NC State Univeristy Extension: Propagating for Beginners

Who Can Help

  • University of Kentucky Extension: The Flowering Dogwood
Keywords: taking dogwood cuttings, propagating dogwood trees, clipppings from dogwoods

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Tracy S. Morris has been a freelance writer since 2000. She has published two novels and numerous online articles. Her work has appeared in national magazines and newspapers, including "Ferrets," "CatFancy," "Lexington Herald Leader" and "The Tulsa World."