Planting dogwood - site and soil requirements


The dogwood is an impressive ornamental shrub that can also be planted as a hedge. We'll tell you exactly what to look for here.

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Many hobby gardeners have discovered the dogwood (Cornus) as an enchanting ornamental tree for their own garden. Who is surprised? After all, this shrub is a nice eye-catcher in its variety and special coloring. Its leaves are striking, giving the shrub a captivating charm. The flowers appear rather modest, showing themselves in white or greenish yellow tones. A profusely flowering dogwood looks quite impressive. If you want to plant a dogwood, you will find tips on location and soil conditions here.

Dogwood - location with enough space

The dogwood is very frugal. A sunny but also partially shaded location is enough for him. However, some varieties reach a considerable height and width during their growth. Therefore, you must plan enough space when planting this shrub.

What you should also pay attention to:

  • The soil on which you plant dogwood must not be extremely damp or even wet, otherwise there is a risk that the roots will rot. A well-drained and dry soil is best suited.
  • If the floor is damp, you can remedy this with a drainage layer.

Some varieties require a loam or clay soil that can store a certain amount of moisture. Ask your nursery gardener or specialist seller in the garden center what conditions are required for the location of your dogwood.

Plant dogwood in spring or autumn

If you plant dogwood, you can expect that it will take a few years before the dogwood shows its first flowers. In addition, he needs a growth from a height of two meters.

" Tip: Therefore, purchase older and therefore larger plants from a tree nursery or a well-stocked garden center.

When and how to plant correctly?

  • You can plant the dogwood in spring and autumn.
  • As a planting distance to the existing shrubs, assume half the height that the adult dogwood will have
  • Dig a planting hole three times the size of the root ball and mix the excavation with well-rotted compost.
  • Before planting your shrub, put the planting ball in the water - until there are no more air bubbles.
  • After planting, fill the planting hole, water your ornamental shrub and later cover the root area with mulch.

If you want to plant a hedge, keep a minimum distance of one meter between the individual plants.

Combine hedge with different varieties

If you are planning a decorative hedge, then a combination of different types of dogwood is just the thing. The Siberian dogwood (Cornus alba 'Sibirica') in its most beautiful red color is ideally suited for this, as are the black-barked dogwood (Cornus alba 'Kesselringii') and the yellowwood dogwood (Cornus stolonifera 'Flaviramea') with green-yellow bark.

In addition to a good privacy screen in summer, a magnificent foliage color adorns the hedge in autumn and wonderful bark decorations in winter.

The strikingly decorative ornamental shrub enchants every hobby gardener. In addition, all kinds of birds that winter in our latitudes enjoy the berries of the dogwood.