Pink Rubra Dogwood Tree
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The ever-popular and ever-beautiful Pink Rubra dogwood tree has masses of light rose-pink flowers which swath the tree in pastel color in spring.
This breathtakingly beautiful tree is an excellent choice to plant along streets, near large buildings, next to patios or as a property border. It provides an eye-catching display when planted in rows, but also excels as a solo planting, or among towering giants.
Popular as a specimen or small grouping on residential property around homes, near patios or in lawns. Also is a good tree for planting near utility lines and next to buildings. Few small trees suitable for garden use match their year-round beauty. Also effective in woodland, bird or native plant gardens.
The sight of a dogwood in bloom makes a nature lover out of even the most hardhearted curmudgeon. In a native flora liberally sprinkled with springtime flowering trees, the dogwood stands out as our most beloved symbol of spring. Though white is its main color, pink forms also occur.
Dogwoods do best in some shade and rich soil, but can adapt to a variety of conditions with proper care.
Planting Your Dogwood
Select an area of the garden for your pink dogwood. Unless you plan to prune the tree to limit its size, the space should be large enough to accommodate the tree's mature size: 15-to-30 feet tall and wide. Dogwoods can grow in full sun but prefer a site with dappled shade.
Amend the soil, if needed. Dogwoods need slightly acidic, well-drained soil that is rich in organic matter. If your soil doesn't meet these conditions, amend it with compost before planting your dogwood.
Soak your tree in a bucket of water for four hours before planting if you've purchased a bare-root dogwood. For a container-grown tree, water it thoroughly before you remove it from its container.
Dig a hole for your flowering dogwood. The planting hole should be as deep as and twice as wide as the roots of your dogwood.
Make a mound in the center of your planting hole. The mound should be tall enough so when the tree is set on it, the part of the tree where the roots join the trunk sits slightly above ground level. Spread the roots of the tree evenly over the mound and fill in the hole with the soil you dug out earlier. As you fill, press the soil lightly to firm it around the roots.
Water the tree thoroughly and place a 4-to 6-inch layer of mulch around the tree. If necessary, stake the tree to hold it straight. Over the first year, water the tree regularly and don't let the soil dry out.