How to Plant Dogwood Trees From Young Saplings


Saplings are a young tree with a trunk 1 to 5 inches in diameter. Garden and home centers, along with tree or plant nurseries, sell dogwood saplings in containers. The advantage of purchasing a sapling over a seedling is that the tree is already established, and re-planting it in your yard will give you blooms faster. Choose a shady area to plant your dogwood sapling; the trees do not do well in full sun.

Step 1

Dig a hole twice as wide and twice as deep as the container your dogwood sapling is in.

Step 2

Remove the sapling from the original container.

Step 3

Shake off the soil from around the roots of the dogwood sapling.

Step 4

Center the sapling in the newly dug hole. Spread the roots out evenly in the hole.

Step 5

Backfill the hole around the roots and trunk. Keep the trunk at the same soil level as it was in the original pot.

Step 6

Tamp down the soil in the hole using the back of the shovel or your hands to remove air pockets.

Step 7

Water the dogwood sapling until water no longer soaks into the soil.

Step 8

Water the sapling every two weeks during the first summer of growth.

Things You'll Need

  • Shovel


  • Virginia Cooperative Extension: 4-H Forestry Projects
  • North Dakota State University Extension: Dogwood
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