How to Care for a Pink Dogwood Tree

Overview

When you plant a lovely pink dogwood tree in a sunny landscape, you can enjoy prolific pink blossoms during the spring. Not only will your pink dogwood provide beautiful color in the spring, but the tree also is an attractive addition to any landscape during the other seasons. When your dogwood grows to mature height, it may be as tall as 25 feet high and wide. Your feathered friends will appreciate the food provided by the pink dogwood, too.

Step 1

Choose a suitable planting location for your dogwood tree. Dogwood trees do best when they receive both direct sun and shade; therefore, plant a dogwood where it will receive shade from other trees or structures during part of each day. Make sure your planting location will accommodate the dogwood tree when it is full size.

Step 2

Dig the planting hole for the dogwood tree. Spread the tarp nearby the spot you will dig to hold the soil as you remove it. Dig a hole three times wider than and as deep as the root system of the tree.

Step 3

Place the dogwood tree into the prepared hole, making sure it will be at the same depth as it was growing in the container. Fill the soil back in around the roots and tamp the soil down firmly with your hands.

Step 4

Water the dogwood tree generously immediately after you plant it. Keep the dogwood tree watered with 1 inch of water each week during the first year after you plant it. Do not water the dogwood tree to the point of standing water.

Step 5

Add 4 inches of shredded mulch around the base of the dogwood tree to conserve soil moisture and prevent weeds around the tree. Keep the mulch 4 inches away from the tree trunk and extend the mulch out approximately 10 feet from the tree trunk (past the drip line of the tree).

Step 6

Prune the dogwood tree lightly while the tree is dormant. Cut away only branches that are dead or broken. Remove any branches back to the next largest branch and make the cut at the branch collar (the swell where the branch connects). Trim away any shoots that grow around the base of the tree. You may cut away lower branches to open up air circulation, if you desire, but this is not mandatory.

Step 7

Fertilize a dogwood tree only after it has been growing for one year. Use 4 tbsp. of fertilizer for a 6-foot-high young dogwood. For established trees, use one cup of fertilizer for every 1 inch of tree diameter. Spread the fertilizer over the soil within 100 square feet of the tree area in early spring and early summer.

Things You'll Need

  • Shovel
  • Tarp
  • Dogwood tree
  • Shredded mulch (leaves or wood chips)
  • Pruning saw or lopper
  • Granular fertilizer (12-4-8)

References

  • NC State University: Flowering Dogwood
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