Flowering Dogwood Tree Propagation


Flowering dogwood trees are common sights in the northeastern United States and are known for their dramatic springtime displays. Tiny yellow flowers surrounded by colorful bracts emerge in early spring and transform the tree into a wash of white, pink and red. In traditional medicine, the bark of dogwood trees is used to reduce fevers and alleviate muscle pain. Flowering dogwood trees can reach 30 feet in height and are easy to propagate from cuttings.

Step 1

Take cuttings from healthy trees in June or immediately after blooming. Cuttings should be about 8 centimeters long with three to five leaves and taken from the current year's growth. Avoid stems with flower buds.

Step 2

Dip the cut end of the stem in a rooting hormone.

Step 3

Fill a small pot with 50 percent potting soil and 50 percent perlite.

Step 4

Place cut end of stem about 3 centimeters down into the soil mixture. If planting multiple cuttings, leave about 1 inch of space between each to ensure light reaches each leaf.

Step 5

Immediately after planting, pour water over cuttings until water runs out of the bottom of the pot. Continue to keep the soil moist without allowing cuttings to sit in standing water.

Step 6

Place pot in an area that receives significant indirect sunlight throughout the day.

Step 7

Use a spray bottle to mist the leaves and stems of the dogwood plants daily and encourage rapid growth.

Step 8

Once roots emerge, transplant cuttings into larger pots. Young dogwoods will have a better chance of survival if planted in the ground after one year of growth.

Tips and Warnings

  • The fruit of flowering dogwood trees is poisonous to humans and should never be ingested.

Things You'll Need

  • Pruning shears
  • Potting soil
  • Perlite
  • Pot
  • Water
  • Spray bottle
  • Rooting hormone


  • Floridata: Cornus florida
  • NC State University: Plant Propagation
  • USDA: Flowering Dogwood
Keywords: flowering dogwood tree propagation, grow dogwood tree, dogwood cuttings

About this Author

Kelsey Erin Shipman has worked as a travel writer, poet, journalist and award-winning photographer since 2004. Her work has appeared in various newspapers, magazines and journals. Shipman has also authored three collections of poetry: "Cold Days," "Bastante" and "Short Poems." She earned a Bachelor of Arts in philosophy from Southwestern University.