Preparing for Spring
One can gain knowledge of what spring flowering dogwood trees will be like from looking at what is occurring in the fall. In the late summer tree Dogwoods or (Cornus florida) or (Cornus rubrum) types start their groundwork for a grand spring flower show. This requires both proper water and temperatures. Several years ago when we had hot temperatures in August and with little or no rain there were little or no spring dogwood blooms the next spring. Supplementary watering should have been given early to mid August in order to offset the dry summer. This also will intensify the brilliant fall red colors of the dogwood leaves. As seen in this picture the buds are set for a spectacular show in next spring.
Native dogwoods grow at the edge of the forest and in clearings. In urban settings placed into too much shade the tree will be thin and blooms will be meager. Yet in the full sun they tend to struggle, this is also situation is enhanced by poor soils. One solution is using more mulch around the tree roots as this holds moisture and keeps the roots cool like as on a native forest floor.
Flowering Tree Dogwoods come in a number of common types and varieties (Cornus florida) or (Cornus rubrum)
WHITE; (Cornus flordia), (Cornus flordia Appalachian Mist), (Cornus flordia Cherokee Princess), (Cornus flordia Cloud Nine), (Cornus flordia Cherokee Daybreak with variegated leaves), (Cornus flordia Holman Gold), (Cornus flordia Pendula), (Cornus flordia Prairie Splendor).
RED; (Cornus flordia Cherokee Brave), (Cornus flordia Cherokee Chief), (Cornus flordia Cherokee Sunset with variegated leaves.
PINK: (Cornus rubrum).
©Ken Wilson & Gardening Whisperer 2014