Cedar Valley Arboretum & Botanic Gardens

Pruning Dogwoods

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Was yesterday the most perfect day or what?  Sunny, warm and no wind – a gardener’s dream!  We took full advantage of the beautiful weather and got many spring tasks checked off our to-do list.  The first thing on our list was pruning the yellow and red-twigged dogwood shrubs in the Arrival Gardens.

I apologize for my lack of quality photos – these were taken with my phone because I didn’t want to take the time to hunt down my camera.  Yellow and red-twigged dogwoods (red-twigged shown above) are wonderful shrubs in the Iowa landscape.  Many varieties are hardy and disease resistant with attractive flowers and summer foliage – but they really shine in the winter, with their colorful stems against the stark white landscape.

Dogwoods are low maintenance shrubs that only need a bit of pruning each spring.  To promote new growth, dogwoods need to be pruned each year.  As you can see in the above photos, the older woody growth loses its bright red color.  Before the shrubs bud out, I like to come in and remove the oldest branches right back to the base of the shrub (never removing more than 1/3 of the shrub in one year).

Are you looking for new shrubs to plant in your home landscape this spring?  I encourage you to take a walk through the Arrival Gardens – the first garden to the east of our parking lot.  The collection of shrubs, evergreens and deciduous trees create a layered effect to showcase multiple colors, shapes, sizes and textures.  You’ll be sure to find something you like!

See you in the gardens.


Written by cedarvalleyarboretum

April 14, 2011 at 4:27 pm

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