Answer: Our native dogwood trees are winter hardy and should not need extra protection in your area. They are understory trees in the wild, and so do best in a sheltered location with dappled shade or morning sun. They need an acid soil that is high in humus. The trees also need a soil that is evenly moist and yet well drained, meaning not soggy. Compost, old rotted leaves or a similar material would be possible amendments. Your county extension should be able to help you run some basic soil tests and help interpret the results with a dogwood tree in mind. This would be a good time to plant it so it has some time to root and become established before the winter sets in.
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