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  • Spectacular Spring Display: The White Dogwood is celebrated for its breathtaking spring bloom, showcasing an abundance of large, white, flower-like bracts that envelop the tree, creating a stunning visual impact in any garden.
  • Year-Round Interest: Beyond its spring blossoms, this Dogwood variety offers multi-season appeal with vibrant red fall foliage and bright red berries that persist into winter, providing both aesthetic value and wildlife sustenance.

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The White Dogwood is a beautiful deciduous tree that is native to the eastern United States. In the spring, it produces an abundance of stunning white or pink flowers that cover the entire tree, making it a breathtaking sight to behold. The foliage turns an attractive reddish-purple color in the fall, providing another beautiful display of color. This tree is relatively easy to care for and can provide many years of beauty and enjoyment.

Growth rate: Moderate growth rate of 1-2 ft annually. Reaches a mature height and width of 20-30 ft

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Pruning: Prune White Dogwood in late winter or early spring, removing damaged or diseased branches and crossing branches to improve the tree's structure.

Fertilization: Fertilize the tree in early spring and late fall using a balanced fertilizer.

Winter Protection: Provide winter protection for young trees by wrapping the trunk in burlap and mulching around the base to prevent damage from frost and cold temperatures.

When planting the White Dogwood, it's important to choose a location with well-drained soil and partial shade to full sun exposure. In general, the White Dogwood does best when planted directly in the ground, as it can grow quite large over time. If planting in a pot, ensure that it is large enough to accommodate the root system of the tree and use a high-quality potting soil. When planting in the ground, dig a hole that is about twice as wide and just as deep as the root ball, and backfill with a mixture of soil and organic matter. Water the tree thoroughly after planting and keep the soil moist but not waterlogged until the tree is established. With the proper planting and care, the White Dogwood is sure to thrive and become a beloved addition to any landscape.

The White Dogwood prefers moist soil and partial shade, making it ideal for planting in a woodland garden or near the edge of a forest. Watering should be done consistently but not excessively, providing enough water to keep the soil slightly damp but not waterlogged. It is important to avoid letting the soil dry out completely. This plant prefers dappled sunlight, meaning it should be planted in a location that gets a mix of sun and shade throughout the day to promote healthy growth and prevent damage from too much direct sunlight.

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Zones 5-9

The White Dogwood is hardy in USDA growing zones 5-9. It can tolerate cold winter temperatures down to -20°F (-29°C) and is relatively easy to care for. However, it may struggle in very hot and dry climates. It prefers well-draining soil and moderate moisture levels.

Frequently Asked Questions

White Dogwood trees typically reach a mature height of about 15 to 30 feet and spread about 15 to 30 feet wide. Their growth is generally moderate, and they form a pleasing, rounded shape when fully grown. The size can vary based on growing conditions and care, but this is the typical range for these ornamental trees.

The best place to plant a White Dogwood takes into consideration its need for light, soil, and space. Here are the key factors:

Light: White Dogwoods thrive in areas with partial shade to full sun. They do well with morning sunlight and afternoon shade, especially in hotter climates.

Soil: These trees prefer well-draining, acidic to neutral soil. The soil should be rich in organic matter. Avoid areas where water tends to accumulate, as poor drainage can lead to root rot.

Space: Ensure there is enough space for the tree to grow to its full size, both in height and width. White Dogwoods can reach up to 30 feet in both height and spread.

Protection: Planting near taller trees can provide some protection from harsh conditions, like strong winds or intense afternoon sun.

Visual Appeal: Consider the visual impact of the tree's beautiful spring flowers, and plant it where it can be easily seen and enjoyed, such as near a patio, along a driveway, or as a focal point in your yard.

By choosing a location that meets these conditions, your White Dogwood should thrive and become a beautiful addition to your landscape.

White Dogwood trees typically start blooming in late spring to early summer, around May or June, depending on the local climate. However, when it comes to the age at which they first bloom, these trees generally start flowering when they are about 4 to 6 years old.

It's important to note that the exact timing of blooming can vary based on factors like geographic location, weather patterns in a particular year, and the specific growing conditions the tree is in, such as soil quality and amount of sunlight. Once established and mature, White Dogwoods are known for their beautiful and showy blooms each spring.

No, you do not need two Dogwood trees for them to bloom. White Dogwood trees are self-fertile, meaning a single tree can produce flowers and subsequently fruit on its own. The presence of another Dogwood tree nearby can potentially increase fruit production due to cross-pollination, but it is not necessary for the tree to bloom. Each tree is capable of producing its distinctive and beautiful flowers independently.

No, Dogwood trees do not have invasive roots. Their root systems are relatively shallow and non-aggressive, making them a good choice for planting near homes, walkways, and gardens. This characteristic is one reason why Dogwoods are popular in residential landscapes. Their roots typically extend out to about the width of the tree's canopy but stay close to the surface without causing the kind of disruption associated with more invasive root systems.

If the flowers of your White Dogwood are turning pink, it could be a natural variation or a response to environmental factors. Here are a few possible reasons:

Natural Variation: Some varieties of Cornus Kousa have flowers that change color as they age, transitioning from white to a pinkish hue. This is a normal characteristic of certain cultivars.

Sun Exposure: Increased sun exposure can sometimes cause the flowers to develop a pink tint. The intensity of sunlight, especially during the late stages of bloom, can affect the pigmentation in the flowers.

Soil pH: While less common in Dogwoods compared to some other flowering plants, soil pH can sometimes influence flower color. However, this is more typically seen in plants like hydrangeas.

Stress Factors: Environmental stress, such as extreme temperatures or water stress, may also cause slight color changes in some plants, though this is less likely with Dogwoods.

If your White Dogwood's flowers are turning pink and it's not due to the natural aging process of the blooms, consider the plant's current growing conditions. Ensure it's receiving adequate water and is not exposed to excessive heat or direct, intense sunlight. However, in most cases, a slight color change in Dogwood flowers is a normal and natural occurrence.

An overwatered White Dogwood can exhibit several signs indicating distress from too much moisture. Here's what to look for:

Yellowing Leaves: One of the first signs of overwatering is the leaves turning yellow. While a few yellow leaves are normal, a sudden increase or yellowing of younger leaves suggests a problem.

Wilting: Oddly enough, overwatered Dogwoods may have leaves that wilt and look droopy, similar to the symptoms of underwatering. This is because the roots are damaged and cannot absorb water and nutrients effectively.

Edema: Excess water can cause the roots to take up more water than the leaves can transpire, leading to blisters or lesions on the leaves, a condition known as edema.

Root Rot: Prolonged overwatering can lead to root rot, which is a serious condition. You might notice a foul smell from the soil, and if you check the roots, they may be brown or black and mushy instead of firm and white.

Leaf Drop: Excessive and premature leaf drop can occur if the tree is overwatered.

Stunted Growth or Flowering: Overwatering can also affect the tree's overall health, leading to stunted growth and reduced flowering.

To prevent overwatering, ensure the White Dogwood is planted in well-draining soil, and adjust your watering schedule according to the season and weather conditions. Water only when the top inch of soil feels dry to the touch.

If your White Dogwood is not blooming, several factors could be contributing to this issue:

Age of the Tree: Young Dogwood trees, especially those less than 4-6 years old, may not bloom. Trees typically start flowering when they reach a certain level of maturity.

Light Exposure: Dogwoods need sufficient light to bloom well. If your tree is in too much shade, it may not produce flowers. They generally prefer a location with partial sun or filtered light.

Improper Pruning: If the tree has been pruned at the wrong time, it could affect blooming. Pruning should be done after the tree flowers, as pruning in late fall or winter can remove the upcoming season's flower buds.

Water Stress: Both overwatering and underwatering can stress the tree and affect its ability to bloom.

Nutrient Deficiency: Lack of essential nutrients, especially phosphorus, can impact flowering. Over-fertilization, especially with high nitrogen fertilizers, can lead to lush green growth at the expense of blooms.

Health Issues: Disease or pest infestations can also stress the tree and hinder its blooming.

Environmental Factors: Unusual weather patterns, like a late frost, can damage the flower buds.

To encourage blooming, ensure your Dogwood is planted in an appropriate location with suitable light, water it adequately, fertilize appropriately, and avoid improper pruning. As the tree matures and if the growing conditions are optimized, it should begin to bloom.

The best time to plant a White Dogwood is during the fall or early spring. Planting during these seasons offers several advantages:

Fall Planting: In the fall, the soil is still warm from the summer, which encourages root growth. The cooler temperatures also mean less stress on the tree and reduced water needs.

Early Spring Planting: Planting in early spring, after the last frost but before the heat of summer sets in, allows the tree to establish its roots before the growing season begins.

These timings allow the White Dogwood to establish its root system in more moderate temperatures, setting a strong foundation for growth and health in the upcoming seasons. It's important to ensure that the tree is well-watered and mulched properly after planting to support its development.

A White Dogwood requires consistent but moderate watering, especially when it is young or newly planted. Here are the key guidelines:

Watering Newly Planted Trees: For the first season after planting, water your White Dogwood regularly to help establish its root system. This might mean watering once or twice a week, depending on weather conditions and soil moisture.

Established Trees: Once established, White Dogwoods are relatively drought-tolerant but benefit from occasional deep watering during prolonged dry periods. This could be every two to three weeks, depending on rainfall and soil conditions.

Checking Soil Moisture: The best way to determine if your tree needs water is to check the soil moisture. The soil should be moist but not waterlogged. If the top 2-3 inches of soil are dry, it's time to water.

Avoid Overwatering: It’s important not to overwater, as White Dogwoods are susceptible to root rot in waterlogged soils.

Seasonal Adjustments: Reduce the frequency of watering in the fall and winter when the tree is dormant.

By following these guidelines, you can ensure your White Dogwood receives the right amount of water to stay healthy and thrive.

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We have perfected packaging and shipping plants & trees! That is why we DO NOT use any third-party fulfillment like most other online retailers. Your trees go straight from our farm to your door, safely packaged by our team of seasoned professionals. Our process ensures your plants leave our facility and arrive to your door in the best condition possible!