Where do dogwoods grow best?
Dogwoods grow in many different types of conditions and tolerate most types of soil, though they prefer slightly acidic soils (5.5 to 6.0 pH). Most prefer part sun with afternoon shade, especially in warmer climates. But they don’t bloom well in full shade, as they tend to get leggy and have fewer bracts, says Molnar. Make sure to choose a variety that is suited to your USDA Hardiness Zone.
Do I need to fertilize my dogwood tree?
You don’t have to, but they will respond to feeding by growing faster and showing darker leaves and better blooms. Use an all-purpose granular slow release food, such as a 10-10-10 in May, June and July, says Molnar.
Are dogwood trees messy?
It depends on the type. The fruits of Cornus florida are small and somewhat dry, so they’re not juicy or likely to stain anything. Birds also like them. Kousa has larger fruits, which the birds don’t like as much, so you may need to clean them up, says Molnar. Most other shrubby types leave little mess because the fruit is small and insignificant.
Is dogwood a good tree for my yard?
Absolutely. Dogwood trees are early bloomers and quite eye-catching in the spring, and most types boast pretty fall color, too, Chu. They’re generally easy-care and make good specimen trees or accents in the garden.