The Q&A Archives: non-blossoming dogwood

Question: I have a small dogwood that I purchased 2-3 years ago. It had blossoms on it when I bought it, but has not blossomed since then. It does not appear to have any flower buds on it again this spring. What can I do to encourage flowering? It appears healthy otherwise.

Answer: If it's Cornus florida, the Flowering Dogwood, they usually bloom in 3-5 years, given ample moisture and a well-drained, humus-rich soil that is kept mulched. If it was slow to get established or suffered a setback after planting, then the bloom will be further delayed. Dogwoods are forest understory trees so they like filtered afternoon sunshine but they can take morning sun. If your dogwood is getting hot afternoon sun, that may be enough to stress it and keep it from blooming. Hope this information helps!

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