Non-Flowering Dogwood - Knowledgebase Question

Mt. Laurel, NJ
Question by Karen_Kimako
September 14, 1998
I have a dogwood tree that did not flower this past spring. Now it's fall and I was told it should have berries forming that produce the flowers in the spring, which it does not. How can I get my dogwood to flower?

Answer from NGA
September 14, 1998


The red berries on dogwoods in the fall are actually the fruit resulting from the previous spring's flowers, so if your tree did not bloom you will not have red berries, either. Young dogwood trees or trees which have been stressed may flower only sparsely. The best things you can do to help a dogwood flower are be sure it is watered in times of drought, keep it lightly mulched, and leave the root area undisturbed.

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