Pruning Chinese Dogwood - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by johntblume
July 3, 2010
I planted a 6 ft chinese dogwood last year and it has branches that begin about 8 inches above the ground. When is the best time to prune it and should I remove the lower branches so it will begin to resemble a tree rather than a tall skinny bush. There are no signs of flowers yet but it appears to be healthy and thriving.

Answer from NGA
July 3, 2010
You can remove the errant branches but I'd wait until after your first frost when the tree is dormant. If you prune them now they will resprout. Enjoy your new tree!

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