Many dogwood trees tend to send up several branches from the base, giving them a rather unkempt, shrubby appearance. It is easy to train young plants to a central leader for a tidier presentation and easier maintenance. They prefer full sun to moderate shade. Trees should be planted in well-draining soil with average fertility. Dig holes three times as wide as the root ball and water them well after filling in around roots with soil. Water daily for a month and then bi-monthly.
- Light Needs: Full Sun
- Watering Needs: Water regularly
Dogwoods are known for their classic foliage and colorful flower-like bracts. The true flowers are insignificant, but many species also produce ornamental and edible fruits. Planting dogwood trees in cold climates requires some knowledge of the plant's hardiness range and a few tricks to help protect the plant and help it survive some seriously cold weather without damage.