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Plymouth Meeting PA
sascarola
May 10, 2020 6:34 AM CST
I am in SE Pennsylvania and my husband had a dogwood tree planted for me as a surprise in our front yard as I have always wanted one. The problem is, I think the shape of the tree is a little strange and doesn't look like the other dogwoods I've seen. The branches point up rather than growing outward. It looks like it was trimmed at the nursery. Will this tree be okay and grow into a better shape eventually?
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sallyg
May 10, 2020 9:11 AM CST
Is there a tag?
It does not have the form I am used to with my homegrown volunteer native dogwoods, Cornus florida. But maybe nurseries do that. Or could it be a kousa, or a cultivar that grows that way.. Shrug!
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Plymouth Meeting PA
sascarola
May 10, 2020 9:58 AM CST
sallyg said:Is there a tag?
It does not have the form I am used to with my homegrown volunteer native dogwoods, Cornus florida. But maybe nurseries do that. Or could it be a kousa, or a cultivar that grows that way.. Shrug!


It does have a tag:


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sascarola
May 10, 2020 10:11 AM CST
sascarola said:

It does have a tag:


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Also, I have seen a few articles on the web indicating that trees should not be topped this way, so I am concerned. Not only do I dislike the look- I am concerned with the long term growth prospects.
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DaisyI
May 10, 2020 10:16 AM CST
Interesting... Its a hybrid between Cornus florida and Cornus kousa. The description says vigorous grower with uniform width from top to bottom.

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Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
May 10, 2020 10:18 AM CST
sascarola said:
Also, I have seen a few articles on the web indicating that trees should not be topped this way, so I am concerned. Not only do I dislike the look- I am concerned with the long term growth prospects.


If you are unhappy with it, now is the time to take it back.
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Plymouth Meeting PA
sascarola
May 10, 2020 10:38 AM CST
DaisyI said:

If you are unhappy with it, now is the time to take it back.


What I don't like about it is the look of the the lobbed off top, but I don't have enough experience to know if that is the usual state when newly planted and if that will fill in within a season. Any thoughts on that?
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BigBill
May 10, 2020 2:07 PM CST
You could take it back ASAP or let it grow out!
By the end of next summer, you won't see the flat top. You could shape it a little then but it seems to be a very nice specimen. I would just enjoy it.
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sallyg
May 10, 2020 2:16 PM CST
I would keep it. I think it'll grow out into a nice rounded shape and hubby will be happy.
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Plymouth Meeting PA
sascarola
May 10, 2020 2:39 PM CST
Thanks to all for weighing in. Based on these responses I think we will keep and see how it grows. I also wanted to be sure we weren't ripped off with a sub par tree and this thread has helped me learn more.

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