White Dogwood Tree Care & Propagation Guide

Written by Ivy

Oct 21 2021

White Dogwood Tree Care & Propagation Guide
White dogwood Tree blooms in early summer, with four petals and white flowers; White dogwood Tree turns red in autumn. It is very beautiful. It is very suitable for planting in flowers and home yards. White dogwood Tree can also bear fruit like litchi. So what should we pay attention to when planting white dogwood? How should white dogwood Tree be planted?

White Dogwood Tree Quick Info

Botanical/Scientific Name Cornus Florida
Common Name White Dogwood Tree
Varieties Flowering Dogwood,Kousa Dogwood,Pacific Dogwood
Uses Headaches, fatigue, fever, and ongoing diarrhea
Origin Eastern North America and northern Mexico
Light Care Full sun
Soil Care Gently mounded around the sides of the root ball
Temperature Care Warm conditions: 16-25°C
Humidity Care Moisture level
Watering Regular watering once a week to a depth of 6 inches
Pruning Care Remove damaged, diseased or dead branches
Fertilizer Care 12-4-8 fertilizer ratio
Propagation Cut the remaining leaves in half
Toxic Not toxic when eaten

White Dogwood Tree Care in Detail

White Dogwood Care & Propagation Guide

White Dogwood Tree Watering

White dogwood Tree needs a lot of water for normal growth, especially in the peak growth season. If the water is not enough, the branches and leaves of the plant will turn yellow or even dry. So in summer, besides watering, we can also spray water mist to supplement the water lacking in the branches and leaves of white dogwood Tree.

White Dogwood Tree Soil

White dogwood Tree likes shade and humidity. It is suitable for growing in sandy soil with good drainage and fertile soil. White dogwood has strong adaptability to the environment and can endure drought, cold and barren.
White dogwood Tree likes to be wet, so we can often pour more water in spring, summer and autumn. We can use rotten leaf soil, garden soil and granular soil to mix together in a certain proportion. We need to change the soil for it every two years or so. At the same time, the size of the flowerpot should be adjusted according to the size of the plant in the process of growth. We must not be unequal between the plant and the flowerpot.

White Dogwood Tree Light

White dogwood Tree is a light loving plant. Sufficient and warm sunshine can make it grow normally and healthily, and sufficient sunshine can make the flowers bloom more beautiful. To ensure that its normal growth is not affected, white dogwood needs to receive six hours of light every day, in spring and autumn, and in summer, strong light still needs to be avoided.
White dogwood Tree likes a cool environment. When planting, we should choose a semi shady place or a place that can shade and avoid the sun to prevent burning of leaves due to too strong sunlight. In winter, we should keep white dogwood Tree warm and cover it with a layer of plastic film to keep it warm and moisturize.

White Dogwood Temperature

White dogwood Tree likes warm and wet places. It is best to choose a semi shady or shady position on the west side to prevent sun exposure and leaf burns. White dogwood has good cold resistance and can survive at least minus 15 degrees Celsius.
White dogwood Tree is also cold resistant. We don't have to worry too much in winter during maintenance, so we'd better keep the growth temperature of white dogwood between 10 ~ 15 degrees.

White Dogwood Tree Humidity

White dogwood Tree is a sunny tree species, which likes warm, humid, cool climate and sunny environment. Cold resistance and moisture resistance. The annual average relative humidity required by white dogwood Tree is 75%, the annual rainfall is 800 ~ 1400mm, the frost free period is about 220 ~ 240 days, and the annual sunshine is about 1000 hours. The area grows well and has strong adaptability to the climate. However, in case of cold wave during flowering in early spring, the yield of white dogwood will be affected.

White Dogwood Tree Fertilizer

For planting white dogwood Tree, it is best to fertilize the trees before flowering and germination every year, and fertilize them regularly three to four times a year, which will help white dogwood Tree bloom better, have higher quality and have a longer flowering period.
White dogwood needs fertilization before and after flowering, so as to ensure normal flowering and timely supplement the missing nutrients after flowering. Of course, some base fertilizer needs to be applied when white dogwood Tree is colonized.
If we want to plant white dogwood Tree well, we'd better fertilize the trees before flowering and germination every year. We should fertilize white dogwood regularly 4 ~ 5 times a year, so as to help white dogwood bloom better, better flowering quality and longer flowering period.

White Dogwood Tree Pruning

White dogwood tree pruning mainly prunes the bare branches. We also need to timely clean up the dead branches, insect infected branches, residual weak branches and other poorly growing branches.
White dogwood Tree's ability to germinate new branches is not strong. In the process of pruning branches, keep in mind that pruning should not be too heavy, not only to ensure the healthy development of trees, but also to maintain the beautiful shape of trees.
During the growth of white dogwood Tree, we need to cut off some diseased branches in time, which can promote the germination and growth of twigs. We can cut off the residual flowers of white dogwood Tree to reduce the loss of nutrients.
We should prune the white dogwood Tree in summer after it blooms and trim the redundant branches. We should also prune the withered branches, diseased branches and other poorly growing branches in time so that white dogwood Tree can continue to grow better.

White Dogwood Tree Repotting

If you need white dogwood Tree repotting, you must choose the right place so that you don't need to move the dogwood again. In moderately acidic soil with good drainage, these trees grow well in mottled light. Consider the height of trees and avoid wires and sidewalks. White dogwood Tree repotting is commonly used to measure the height or width of the foundation plant, which needs to be moved. White dogwood Tree also often can't bloom because the trees are too dense and don't have enough light to support flowering. Whatever the reason, you need to know some tips for transplanting white dogwood.

White Dogwood Tree Pest & Disease Control

White dogwood Tree leaf spot often occurs. This disease will seriously affect the appearance. You can use wettable powder and pay attention to ventilation.
White dogwood Tree's aphid disease will bite the twigs of the plant, cut off the branches and leaves with aphids, and spray insecticides.

White Dogwood Tree Propagation

White Dogwood Care & Propagation Guide

White Dogwood Tree Cutting Propagation

The cutting Propagation time of white dogwood Tree is in March and April every year. We can choose branches, trim a certain length, cut in sandy soil, pay attention to shade, water and maintain air humidity. White dogwood Tree can take root and plant in about 40-50 days.

White Dogwood Tree Sowing Propagation

The cycle of white dogwood Tree sleeping propagation is relatively long. Direct sowing takes two years to germinate. Therefore, in order to shorten the cycle, we can soak the seeds for 20 days in advance, so that they can germinate in almost three months.
As for the propagation of white dogwood Tree, many people will use the form of sowing, but the seeds are hard and the germination speed is very slow. The seed skin can be removed. We can soak the seeds alone for a period of time and then move them to the prepared soil. During the germination process of white dogwood seeds, keep the basin soil moist and they will germinate in about three or four months.

White Dogwood Tree Varieties

  • Flowering Dogwood
  • Kousa Dogwood
  • Pacific Dogwood
  • Cornelian Cherry Dogwood

White Dogwood Tree Benefits

White dogwood Tree is a dual-purpose tree species for medicine and food. The fruit can be eaten fresh, brewed wine and made vinegar. The medicine has the functions of warming the stomach, dredging menstruation and promoting blood circulation. The fresh leaves can be applied to the wound to reduce swelling, while the decoction of roots and seeds can replenish blood and treat women's menstrual disorders and abdominal pain.
The white dogwood tree is beautiful and neat in shape. It blooms in early summer. The white bracts cover the whole tree. The bracts are beautiful and conspicuous, which is quite valuable for viewing. The breeze blows like a group of butterflies dancing, which is very unique; In autumn, white dogwood Tree is full of red fruits, which can make people feel the atmosphere of fruitful and harvest joy. White dogwood Tree is a beautiful tree species for flower and fruit viewing in the garden. It can be planted alone or in rows to enjoy its beautiful leaf shape, strange flowers and red fruits; White dogwood can also be planted on lawn, roadside, forest edge and pond, mixed with evergreen trees, and its leaves turn brownish red in autumn.

White Dogwood Tree Care FAQs

White flowering dogwood tree facts

We can put white dogwood Tree seeds in bags or baskets and put them in dry storage in time. In mid November, after soaking the seeds, grind off the oil and rub the wax on the skin. About 20 days before sowing, the seeds are soaked in 0.5% potassium permanganate solution for 2 hours, taken out and washed twice, then soaked in about 50 ℃ warm water, and cooled naturally 36 hours after soaking. Delete the control system of soaking white flowering dogwood seeds, putting them in indoor heating for germination, and the room temperature is about 25 ℃. In the process of germination, it is necessary to observe, rotate and sprinkle a small amount of water to maintain the growth of seed water, which can be planted in about 20 days.
We also have to choose a semi shady slope nursery. The feasibility of thawing soil and composting 1500 kg / mu in spring, 100 kg, 20 kg urea and 40 kg / mu calcium superphosphate. Prepare the bed after soil disinfection. The ferrous sulfate is 10 x 1.5 m, and the distance between 40 cm. Make a high bed appropriately to facilitate drainage. The sowing amount of white dogwood Tree is 20 ~ 25 kg per mu. After sowing, we covered 1 ~ 2cm with humus soil, and after 2 months. After the emergence of white dogwood seedlings, the seedling amount per mu shall be controlled at 40000 ~ 80000, and 30000 seedlings shall be transplanted in the second year. It can be used for 3 years of transplantation.
After long-term or transplanted seed propagation, white dogwood Tree seedlings often keep the soil surface moist to ensure the growth of seedling water. A small amount of water spraying can reduce the surface temperature and adjust the relative humidity around the seedlings. Every 7 days, the grassland and soil must be removed and sprayed with 0.2% potassium permanganate and 1% ferrous sulfate to prevent the occurrence of diseases. White dogwood seedlings can be sprayed with multi mycorrhizal or Dyson zinc to prevent leaf spot.

White dogwood tree growth rate

The growth rate of white dogwood Tree is generally slow. White dogwood Tree grows at a slow moderate rate of 1-2 feet per year.