How to Prune Stiff Dogwood

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Stiff dogwood is found growing along streams in most of the southeast United States. The small shrub has oval shaped, smooth leaves and small white flowers. Stiff dogwood, also called swamp dogwood, has bluish-purple fruit, which is eaten by robins, catbirds and quail. This shrub requires very little maintenance in its natural habitat.

Step 1

Prune your stiff dogwood to 2 inches above the ground every couple of years to encourage new growth.

Step 2

Wait until after the leaves have fallen, before new growth, to prune your stiff dogwood. The dormant season is from late fall to early spring.

Step 3

Cut off one branch at a time with the pruning shears. The branches of the stiff dogwood can grow to 4 inches in diameter. Use a small tree saw to cut down these larger branches.

Step 4

Remove half of the branch first if the branch is long. Use shears, or a saw. Remove the remaining part of the branch.

Things You'll Need

  • Garden gloves
  • Pruning shears
  • Tree saw


  • Dogwood
Keywords: stiff dogwood, swamp dogwood, pruning dogwood

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Lacy Enderson received an AA Degree in Behavioral Science and a BS Degree in Religion/Psychology. Lacy is the author of, "Addiction: A Personal Story" and "So You Want To Lose Weight But You Can't Stop Eating." Her articles have appeared in Discipleship Journal and

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