Dogwood Growth Rate - Knowledgebase Question

Edison, NJ
Question by airedale92
September 7, 1998
Are dogwoods fast growing trees?


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Answer from NGA
September 7, 1998

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In my experience, dogwood trees are rather slow growers. According to Michael Dirr's "Manual of Woody Landscape Plants", our native dogwood tree (Cornus florida) grows slowly after transplanting but eventually assumes a medium rate; another native dogwood tree, the Pagoda Dogwood (Cornus alternifolia) grows slowly at first then at a medium rate; and the Kousa Dogwood (Cornus kousa) grows slowly, although possibly at a medium rate in youth. In his terms, "slow" means less than a foot a year and medium means between one and two feet a year.

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