How to Plant Multiple Dogwood Trees


Dogwood trees come in all sizes and shapes and are seen across the country growing wild or in landscaping. Cornus florida, or the flowering dogwood, is one of the most popular, according to the National Gardening Association. This dogwood tree produces spectacular blooms in various colors like white, pink, red or pinkish-red, depending on the variety grown. Native to North America, the flowering dogwood grows best in USDA hardiness zones 5 through 9A. Growing multiple dogwood trees requires planning to ensure the best growing conditions for proper tree development.

Step 1

Select the area for planting multiple dogwoods that provides light shade to full sun. Plant the dogwoods in full sun areas only if it provides protection from the hot sun during the summer season. Pick a location with well-draining soil.

Step 2

Plan to space the dogwood trees 25 feet apart and at least 25 feet from other structures. Allow enough room above the dogwood trees for it to grow to its mature size, which could be over 30 feet. Keep clear of any area with overhead wires.

Step 3

Clear the planting areas of all debris, roots, rocks or branches. Dig holes the same depth of the root ball and two to five times wider. Use a rake to loosen the soil around the side and bottom.

Step 4

Carefully remove the dogwood trees from the containers and check the root ball. Loosen or untangle roots, if needed. Spread the roots out as you place the tree in the center of the hole.

Step 5

Backfill the hole halfway, pat down the soil and then water thoroughly. This will remove air pockets in the soil and help compact the soil around the root ball. Fill the remainder of the hole, then water again.

Step 6

Use the remaining dirt to create a watering basin around the planting holes. Fill the basin weekly. Continue to supply water to the dogwood trees, whenever rainfall is less than 1 inch weekly in the summer.

Step 7

Cover the area around the base of each tree with 2 inches of mulch, but keep the mulch clear of tree trunks. This will retain moisture in the soil around the dogwood trees and deter weeds.

Step 8

Prune only dead, damaged or unhealthy branches on the dogwood trees at the end of winter. Prune carefully to shape, as these trees call for little pruning after established.

Things You'll Need

  • Rake
  • Hoe
  • Shovel
  • Mulch
  • Pruning shears


  • North Carolina State University: Dogwood Trees
  • National Gardening Association: Dogwood
  • University of Florida: Cornus florida-Flowering Dogwood

Who Can Help

  • Floridata: Cornus florida
  • Arbor Day Foundation: Dogwood Trees
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