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} Jun 27, Every year, in late winter, you'll want to remove about a third of the old, most faded stems from your Dogwood shrub, cutting them back to the ground. Also cut out any damaged or dead stems. This method will encourage more new, brightly colored stems to emerge when the plant emerges from dormancy in spring. After the dogwood shrub has finished blooming in the spring, you can “shape” the plant by cutting back wild stems and evening up the foliage.

This can be done until July.

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After July and into the fall you shouldn’t prune the shrub because it will encourage new growth which will freeze back in Estimated Reading Time: 5 mins. Dogwood Tree Propagation - How To Grow Dogwood Cuttings. May 27, Take dogwood cuttings in summer so they can root outside in a cold frame and put on enough growth to be planted the following autumn. Choose strong shoots of the current season’s growth and push them into gritty, moist compost. Pull out the removal branches from the matrix of branches in the dogwood shrub.

Sharpen pruning shears, loppers or a saw. This causes lots of twiggy, leggy sprouts to grow and will make the shrub look uneven and unevenly colored in winter when you have an unimpeded view of the branches. Plant yellow-twig dogwood in moist soil that is organically rich in a full-sun to part-shade location. Cut. Jan 13, For shrubby dogwoods, you can actually cut the dogwood down to the ground every few years to remove old stems and encourage the growth of new twigs.

5 Thin out crowded areas. If a particular section of your dogwood tree seems abnormally thick or crowded, select the weakest branches from that spot and cut them back to their point of K.

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