problems with red twigged dogwood shrub
I go to Florida in the winter, leave around mid Nov and come back mid April so miss the late winter time, which would probably be late March I'm guessing. What would you suggest I do considering the time frame I have?
I would still wait a bit and see if the dogwood is going to fill out. If it doesn't, remember, it is OK to prune out any branches that turn out to be dead, diseased, or broken at anytime. If there are no problems and you just want to prune a bit each year for form and size, you could prune as soon as you get back mid April because you have no other choice and there is no exact cutoff date. There is a method of pruning called renewal pruning which consists of cutting the oldest, grayest, branches down to the ground each year, never removing more than 1/3 of the stems. In this manner, the entire shrub is "renewed" every 3 years and there is less stress for the plant due to the gradual process. This method is discussed in the U of M publication I linked in the first response to your message. I hope this helps!