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May 2, 2020 10:06 AM CST
Name: Al Boyett
Bothell Wa. 98021
Best way to prune the American Dogwood.
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May 2, 2020 10:08 AM CST
Name: stone
near Macon Georgia (USA) (Zone 8a)
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Generally... leave it alone.

You want the dogwood to have limbs all the way down... for that layered effect.
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May 2, 2020 12:38 PM CST
Name: Al Boyett
Bothell Wa. 98021
I can't just leave the dogwood alone when there are some dead limbs (small, not big branches) How about a few more ideas. I don't want to harm the tree at the wrong time year.
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May 3, 2020 8:00 AM CST
Name: Sally
central Maryland (Zone 7b)
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I think dead limbs can go anytime
This may help
https://www.swansonsnursery.co...
Plant it and they will come.
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May 3, 2020 11:00 AM CST
Name: stone
near Macon Georgia (USA) (Zone 8a)
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It always helps when a photo is posted... there's no way for us to know what's going on when we're asked about the best way to prune a dogwood...

After the tree has leafed out and it's certain which limbs are definitely dead... yes, they can be removed... but... sometimes people get in a hurry, and start cutting based on which limbs have flowers... only to find that living branches were cut...

so... be careful... always best to procrastinate when tree trimming... the longer we take to decide which pruning cuts are desired... the more likely we can avoid unwise choices.
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