Red Twig Dogwood Shrub - problem

Asked February 27, 2018, 1:39 PM EST

Hi - I have two Red Twig Dogwood shrubs in my yard. One of them is not doing so good. The bark is not vibrant red, like the other, and it's has not grown as much as the other. The bark looks red, but with a white, chalky appearance - as if it's missing some nutrients? Also, the sickly shrub is located on a small hillside, rather in level ground. Could it simply be lacking enough water to thrive?

Jefferson County Colorado trees and shrubs

3 Responses

Hello,
Yes, it is possible that you are not giving the dogwood enough water for it to grow to its full potential. Another thing you should know is the 'red' color of the stems fades to gray as the stem ages. To keep the shrub looking red the oldest gray colored stems should be pruned out every year. This is a good time to prune out these stems.

Thank you very much, Curtis!