Hostas Under Dogwood Trees - Knowledgebase Question

Spartanburg, SC
Question by kvanvleet
April 21, 2001
I was wondering if Hostas would grow underneath Dogwood trees. If so, how should I plant them to avoid damaging the Dogwood roots?

Thank you.

Answer from NGA
April 21, 2001


Hosta's love to grow in moist, shady conditions and are often planted under dogwoods. While it's true that dogwoods have some shallow feeder roots, most of the root system is quite a bit deeper. Go ahead and plant your hosta's under the dogwoods. As you're digging, try not to sever any roots, but simply dig around them, moving as necessary to accommodate the roots of your hosta plants. Water the area well after they're all planted and you'll drive out any air pockets and help resettle the soil around any roots you disturbed in the planting process.

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