The Q&A Archives: Kousa Dogwood That Won't Bloom

Question: I have a Kousa Dogwood that was planted three years ago. It was a good size tree when planted.It has never bloomed. It appears to be healthy. I was told to fertilize it,with super phosphate, I did but it still did not bloom. Can you help me?


These trees may naturally be very shy bloomers.  In addition, the larger the tree at planting, the longer it will take it to become well established in its new location. The dry summers we have had recently have contributed no doubt to increased transplant stress as well.  Assuming the tree is in a partial sun to full sun situation, that your soil is acidic, of at least normal fertility and that the plant is kept in an evenly moist soil that is also well drained (meaning not kept soggy) it should continue to establish itself, gather strength and bloom eventually. I guess patience is the thing after all that.

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