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Dogwood Trees

Dogwood trees are recommend for planting in zones 5-9. They grow best in well-drained, acidic (pH 5.5-6.0) soil that is high in organic matter such as compost or pine mulch. Dogwoods do best when planted in areas receiving less than a full day of sun. Daily watering is necessary for the first month following transplanting. After the first month mark, water twice a week for the first year as they continue to establish. Do not allow the tree to go an extended amount of time without water as they are drought intolerant.


Dogwood trees are a natural soil improver, as their leaf litter decomposes at a faster rate than other species. Red, White, and Pink Dogwood Trees are a very beneficial food source for many wildlife species including bees, butterflies and over 35 different varieties of birds. Robins, mockingbirds and sparrows use the lateral branches of the dogwoods to place and disguise their nest as many other wildlife use their foliage for cover.


Dogwoods are a slow to moderate growth tree with a overall rounded shape. They have short trunks and are low branching and the width often is larger than the height. Although most commonly found as an understory tree, this tree is a great specimen to use as a patio or garden tree or as border for shrubs. Dogwoods bloom in mid Spring (April – May) and have beautiful fall foliage. The showy part of the dogwood bloom is not actually a flower but a bract. A bract is just a modified petal used to protect the small tiny true flowers of the dogwood.

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Dogwood Trees

The Dogwood tree is native to North America and is commonly associated with old homes across the southeast. However, dogwoods are becoming more popular throughout the United States. Dogwoods will grow in a variety of soil types, but require good drainage. Dogwood trees offer beautiful spring blooms, summer shade, and dramatic fall leaf colors. Willis Orchard Company can supply any size or quantity of red, white, and pink dogwood trees you request.


Most common disease and pests to the dogwood would be the dogwood borer and leaf scroth. With dogwood borer, the larvae of the borer enter through the bark and can kill the branches or entire trees. Prevention is the best key, keeping the trunk free from nitches or openings. If borers do become prevalent, permethrin is recommended for control. Symptoms of leaf scroth are browning and drying of leaf margins. These symptoms are often caused by lack of soil moisture, transplant shock, fertilizers or salt to the roots. If symptoms appear, evaluate your caring procedures and revise as needed.