The Q&A Archives: Dogwood in Central Florida

Question: I would like to try to grow dogwoods in my yard near Tampa, Florida. We have considerable shade and decent soil, but I know this area is very far south for dogwoods. I have however seen one nearby, a mature specimen, doing very well. I brought 3 good-sized trees home from Georgia this week and would like any advice on where/how to plant and care for them. I plan to plant them in practically full shade, because I have been told they can't take the direct summer sun this far south.

Answer: Plant your trees in a bright shade or morning sun location for best results. Dogwoods in deep shade don't bloom as well. Add lots of organic matter to the soil before planting and make sure they have good drainage, even if it means building a large, raised planting bed.

Water well but not too often. They need to dry out between waterings. Don't overfertilize the trees. Dogwoods don't want to be pushed. Hope you enjoy your trees!

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