pruning dogwood shrub

ivamae(ONT)November 8, 2012

We live in S.W. Ontario.

Should I trim our dogwood shrub in the fall or sping.

Thanks for any info.

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ken_adrian Adrian MI cold Z5

there are at least two types of dogwood ... and we need to know which kind you are talking about ...

there is the tree.. and the shrub ...

and the rules for trimming each.. would be different as to method ....

a pic would sure help get you precise info ...

either way .. i darn well prune stuff whenever i feel like it ...

ken

    Bookmark   November 8, 2012 at 1:41PM
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ken_adrian Adrian MI cold Z5

and i meant to add ....

if we are talking red-twig or yellow-twig dogwoods..

heck.. run it over with the truck a few times.. and pick up the pieces.. any time of year.. you can barely harm the things ...

if it is this type shrub.. cut the oldest branches.. as close to the ground as possible [3 to 6 inches].. do NOT cut at height ... see link ...

finally.. its been forever since i had one.. but isnt it a winter color thing.. if so.. enjoy for winter.. and cut in late winter ... but if its really pissin you off.. go at it.. and dont worry ...

if you are talking the tree type .. see other rules..

ken

Here is a link that might be useful: link

    Bookmark   November 8, 2012 at 3:30PM
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gardengal48

Since one of the major attributes of shrub dogwoods is their intense winter stem color, pruning it at the end of winter is the most appropriate time. Some folks coppice them or cut them all back - others cut back only selected portions. Whatever method you choose, the newest growth typically has the best bark color, which fades in intensity as it ages.

ken, ken, ken - can you try 25 words or less :-))

    Bookmark   November 8, 2012 at 3:52PM
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ken_adrian Adrian MI cold Z5

not when i am bored..

ken

ps: of which apparently i am not right now.. lol .. [16 words!!!]

    Bookmark   November 8, 2012 at 5:38PM
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ivamae(ONT)

Thanks to both of you. It is a shrub and I''ll be glad to leave it until early spring. I hate doing it but it does look nice where it is.

    Bookmark   November 8, 2012 at 5:55PM
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ken_adrian Adrian MI cold Z5

hate doing what ...

pruning rejuvenates the plant.. its good for it ..

and it makes you happy.. by keeping it inbounds .... one might say ..

there is no downside to proper maintenance ....

ken

    Bookmark   November 9, 2012 at 8:47AM
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