How to Plant & Care for Dogwood Trees


Flowering dogwood trees can add dimension to your yard's landscaping. The trees, which are native to the eastern half of the United States, can reach heights between 20 and 40 feet. They can be as wide as they are tall. Depending on the variety, flowering dogwoods produce blooms in a variety of colors, including white, red and pink. One drawback to dogwood trees is that they are prone to disease and insect infestations.

Step 1

Select a planting site for your dogwood tree. They grow best in well-draining soil and prefer full sun, although they can tolerate moderate shade.

Step 2

Dig a hole the same depth as the tree's root ball and two to three times as wide as the root structure.

Step 3

Remove the tree from the container it was grown in at the nursery. Be careful not to damage or destroy the root system.

Step 4

Place the tree in the hole, setting it down firmly and gently. Allow the roots to spread out naturally so they are not bent or damaged in the planting process.

Step 5

Fill the hole about halfway with soil and pack it down firmly.

Step 6

Water the tree thoroughly to saturate the root structure and surrounding soil.

Step 7

Fill the rest of the hole with soil, tamping it down firmly to remove any air bubbles.

Step 8

Create a raised rim of soil around the perimeter of the tree to form a berm to help it hold and conserve water.

Things You'll Need

  • Shovel


  • National Gardening Association: Dogwood
  • Alabama Cooperative Extension Service: Selection and Care of Dogwoods
  • The U.S. National Arboretum: Dogwood Questions and Answers
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Meghan McMahon lives in the Chicago suburbs, where she spent six years as a newspaper journalist before becoming a part-time freelance writer and editor and full-time mother. She received a bachelor's degree in journalism from Eastern Illinois University in 2000 and has written for "The Daily Southtown" and "The Naperville Sun" in suburban Chicago.