Des Moines, Io
|How hard can I prune my overgrown Ivory Halo Red Twig Dogwood? To the extreme if I sheared it off at ground level would it come back as an attractive small shrub? Thank You!
|Answer from NGA
September 28, 2010
|Red twig dogwoods are grown more for their colorful winter stems than for their flowers. Since they produce the best red stem color on young stems, they are usually pruned in the spring. You can cut all of the stems down to within a few inches of the ground next spring. This will force new stems to sucker up from the roots. Not only does this treatment produce the most colorful stems, it is also a great way to keep these vigorous plants in bounds.
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