Wipping willow dog wood - Knowledgebase Question

Adairsville, Ge
Question by hatfield_han
September 8, 2010
I have a rare wipping willow dog wood tree we planted around may. It has grown but not tall and the leaves don't look healthy. whats the best thing to use for it and what to do foe winter?


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Answer from NGA
September 8, 2010

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The most common form of weeping dogwood is Cornus florida 'Pendula'. It may grow as high as 15 to 20 feet and 10 to 15 feet wide. The tree has a stiff weeping habit, deciduous foliage, and the flowers have a sweet fragrance.

After planting, your dogwood should be watered once each week, from spring through fall. Long slow watering once a week is better than short watering every couple of days. After the second year you should only need to water during times of drought. (Weeping dogwoods are not drought tolerant.)

It sounds as though yours is having trouble adjusting to its new home. Try feeding with a fish emulsion fertilizer to give it a boost and help the roots maintain their health over the fall and winter months. In the spring you should see lots of healthy new growth.

Best wishes with your new tree.

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