Dogwood has not flowered in 3 years!

Discussion in 'Cornus (dogwoods)' started by Eric La Fountaine, May 25, 2004.

  1. Eric La Fountaine

    Eric La Fountaine Contributor UBC Botanical Garden Forums Administrator Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    I have a five year old white dogwood tree approx. 10 ft. tall. It has flourishing green leaves but has not flowered in 3 years. It should have beautiful white flat flowers - no buds again this year! Someone told me to "whack" it to wake it up - I did - it's still sleeping! Any suggestions? Thanks, Shirley
  2. mr.shep

    mr.shep Well-Known Member 10 Years

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    San Joaquin Valley, California
    Hi Shirley:

    As in most of the posts regarding why people's Dogwoods
    are not blooming, there have been little mention of what
    kind of Dogwood is causing the problem. Is the Dogwood
    a Cornus florida, Cornus kousa, Cornus nutallii or perhaps
    even a Cornus controversa, what is the Dogwood? It does
    matter as some of the forms above take a few years to
    bloom and some forms can be sporadic bloomers and
    in some cases non bloomers when they are young, less
    than 10 years old. Some will not bloom until they are
    5-10 years old depending on what the climate the
    Dogwood is being grown in. Also, it is not unusual
    for Dogwoods to have lots of blossoms on them when
    we purchase them and then for a few years the plants will
    not set flower buds for us. I am not even referring yet
    to the soil type, the watering practices or even how much
    and what forms of fertilizers have been used. I've grown
    all of the forms mentioned above and more for Dogwood
    so for me to be of help I need to know your growing
    conditions so I can better analyze what may have gone
    wrong. I might not be altogether correct in my assessment
    but I know these plants well enough and I know some of
    their tendencies.


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