Dogwood

Asked May 5, 2020, 11:26 AM EDT

Hello, Planted a dogwood in a shady spot of our yard about 5 to 6 years ago and it has not bloomed since then. Should I send a soil sample?

Washtenaw County Michigan

1 Response

Hello

Thank you for the question. You did not mention which species of dogwood you have but I’ll assume it is a Flowering Dogwood, Cornus florida, It prefers acid, well-drained soil with sufficient organic matter; keep the soil cool and moist with mulch. This flowering dogwood is a native tree that grows on the edge of forests so it prefers to be placed in partial shade. If it is placed in dense shade or full sun and limited moisture, it may not bloom. Both drought and poor drainage could affect flower production. Often, a young tree will delay flower production because it is putting all its resources into producing new stems and leaves. Over fertilization may also promote stem and leaf production but not flower production. All of these factors may affect flower production on a dogwood.

It is possible that a soil test may be the place to start to learn why your dogwood is not blooming. To get a soil test, go to: https://homesoiltest.msu.edu/ .

Good luck with your dogwood.