The Q&A Archives: Dogwood Problems

Question: I have a dogwood that was planted about 5 years ago. The problems is that it never really took off. It originally was planted in a moist soil area. It has since been moved. For the past three years the leaves have been brown on the edges and the bark is starting to peel off. What is wrong with it and how can I fix it?

Answer: Cornus, or Dogwood, are susceptible to a disease called anthracnose, which fits the description of the brown areas on the leaves and peeling of the bark on your tree. Anthracnose is a fungus that overwinters on dead twigs and on the leaves on the tree and on the ground. To help control, prune out and destroy infected twigs, and rake and destroy fallen leaves in the spring and in the fall. There are some protective (fungicidal) sprays that can be used in the spring prior to the unfurling of the leaves, if the problem persists.

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