How to Plant Dogwood Tree Trunks Together


Dogwoods are found in the eastern part of the United States in areas that are shaded by taller trees. The trees produce four-petaled flowers each spring in pink or white. Reaching heights of 15 to 20 feet, dogwoods are a good addition to gardens and yards. For a special touch, you can grow both a pink and white together in the same hole, or plant two of the same for a fuller looking tree.

Step 1

Locate an area for the trees that is at least partly shady and if possible under other taller trees. Make sure the soils is rich and well-draining. Test the soil for its pH level. Dogwoods prefer acidic soil of around 5.5.

Step 2

Dig a hole large enough for both of the trees' roots. Dig it just deep enough so that the base of the tree will be at the same ground level as it was in the container.

Step 3

Mix mulch or other organic material with the dirt you dug up so that the trees will have added nutrients that will break down over time.

Step 4

Place the two trees in the hole with the trunks as close to each other as possible. Angle them so that the trunks almost touch above the hole. As the trees grow and get wider, they will merge together. This is an especially good look with one pink and one white tree.

Step 5

Fill the hole in with the soil that you removed that has been mixed with organic material. Make sure to fill in between the roots so that there are no large air pockets.

Step 6

Water with around 1 inch of water per week, unless there is rain.

Step 7

Add mulch around the tree to keep water from evaporating.

Things You'll Need

  • Shovel
  • Mulch
  • Shady location
  • Water


  • NC State University: Flowering Dogwoods
  • NC State University: Dogwood Trees
  • Ohio Dept. of Natural Resources: Flowering Dogwood
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