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Growing Dogwood

Growing Dogwood

Neon Burst Dogwood

Neon Burst Dogwood item #20313


Shrub dogwood (Cornus species) includes a number of flowering shrubs and small trees. Shrubby types generally produce white flowers, have attractive leaves in fall, and many types have vividly colored stems that provide winter interest. Hardy in zones 2 to 7. Good for hedges, screens, and an accent plant. Also good around ponds, in rain gardens, and its fruit attracts wild birds.

How To Plant

Plant bare root Dogwood in spring 4 to 8 weeks before the last frost. Prepare a planting hole 12 to 18 inches deep and wide, mixing in compost or other organic matter. Set plants with the roots slightly deeper than when growing in the nursery.


For full sun to part shade in moist, well-drained soil. Tolerates wet soil. Does not require pruning, but can be pruned to maintain height or enhance stem color. Young stems have the brightest color, so about a quarter of the older stems can be pruned in early spring to stimulate new growth. Can also renew plants every 2 or 3 years by cutting all the stems back to 4 to 6 inches tall.

Fertilizer Recommendations

Dogwood is a moderate feeders that benefit from occasional fertilization. Use low rates of ALGOplus All Purpose 6-6-6 liquid fertilizer, Neptune Fish & Seaweed Fertilizer 2-3-1, or Osmocote slow-release 14-14-14.

Common Problems

Not often bothered by pests or diseases. Scale, bagworm, leaf miner, and leaf blight are sometimes problems.

Alternative Products

Other shrubs that provides winter interest are ninebark, rhododendron, and snowberry.

Product Recommendations

Control insect pests with Captain Jack's Deadbug Brew and treat disease problems with 70% neem oil.

Dogwood Facts

Its flexible stems can be used for crafting and making baskets. 


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