When is best time of year to transplant a red wig dogwood?

Asked October 4, 2017, 11:58 AM EDT

My red twig dogwood is about 6.5 feet tall after just two years of growing. I was told by the garden center in Stillwater, (where I bought it), to transplant it in early November. I was also told I could prune it hard to make it easier to move. What is your opinion? I would hate to kill it since it seems so happy!

Washington County Minnesota

3 Responses

You can prune and move it in November. Pruning one third every year is recommended and pruning to about six inches is recommended every third year. I would delay that after transplanting. Until the third year. They are extremely hardy. They survive the deer browsing that happens at my house. My sister cut a branch in November, stuck it in a flower pot for winter decoration and the next spring it leafed out as a new plant. So transplanting and pruning should be fine in November. See the following for additional information. 1. http://www.plymouthmn.gov/Home/ShowDocument?id=10085 2. https://www.extension.umn.edu/garden/yard-garden/trees-shrubs/pruning-trees-shrubs/ 3. https://pubs.ext.vt.edu/content/dam/pubs_ext_vt_edu/430/430-462/430-462_pdf.pdf

Thank you SO much!!