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How to Root a Dogwood Tree

By Bridget Kelly ; Updated September 21, 2017
Dogwoods are beautiful in the spring.
dogwood blooming image by Dawn Williams from Fotolia.com

The dogwood is such an easy tree to grow and gives so much in return with its canopy of blooms in the spring. Depending upon species, the dogwood prefers to be grown in the sun or in an area that will provide morning sun and afternoon shade. Dogwood also thrives in acidic to mildly acidic soil. Take your dogwood cuttings in early to midsummer and place them immediately in water while you prepare the planting pot.

Cut a soft branch of the dogwood tree. It should be one that has not turned woody and is 3 to 4 inches in length. Cut the branch toward the tip, at an angle, just below a node (swollen part of the branch where the leaves join).

Remove all the leaves from the cutting with the exception of two or three at the top. This will help the cutting to continue photosynthesis while building roots.

Fill the planting pot with equal parts of coarse sand and sphagnum peat moss. Flood the soil with water until the water runs out of the bottom of the pot. Allow it to drain completely. Using your finger, or a pencil, poke a hole in the soil for the cutting.

Dip the cut end of the cutting into the rooting hormone and then stick it into the hole in the soil. Pack the soil well around the cutting.

Place small sticks or pencils around the edge of the pot and wrap plastic wrap completely around the pencils. The top should be open.

Place the cutting in a sunny area, such as a windowsill. Mist the cutting daily with the misting bottle and don’t let the soil dry out. You will know that the cutting has rooted when it sprouts new growth. Remove the plastic wrap at that time.


Things You Will Need

  • Pruning shears
  • Rooting hormone
  • Planting pot
  • Coarse sand
  • Sphagnum peat moss
  • Small sticks or pencils
  • Plastic wrap

About the Author


Based in the American Southwest, Bridget Kelly has been writing about gardening and real estate since 2005. Her articles have appeared at Trulia.com, SFGate.com, GardenGuides.com, RE/MAX.com, MarketLeader.com, RealEstate.com, USAToday.com and in "Chicago Agent" magazine, to name a few. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English with a concentration in creative writing.