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Dogwood Trees - America's Most Beloved Flowering Tree
Flowering Dogwood Tree Information
Many gardeners take years to find exactly the right balance for attracting birds and insects in the beauty of their garden. Not only color is important but safe and bountiful fruits and berries can sustain them for the winter. Fruits and berries will bring them right to the window so the children and loved ones will watch the squirrels as well.
Dogwood trees are a delight in both spring and fall, and they're always a treat for everyone including the animals when you plant a dogwood tree. So, here are some ideas about planting one of America's favorite trees. The Japanese variety blooms later than the American variety, but it competes with our native plants for the same space. The American variety is hardier however, if it is managed and maintained.
When you plan your garden, think about all the things you want to include in the garden in terms of the American dogwood tree. This is a choice that will last until the children are grown. The canopy is even more beautiful in winter because of the 'umbrella' effect of the horizontal reach of the limbs. They're artistic and grand in their reach.
The kousa milkyway flowering dogwood and other varieties are native to North America, and come in beautiful colors. There are red flowering dogwood and white flowering dogwood as well. It also comes in pink and has great foliage in both spring and fall. Springtime brings the beauty of a lime green leaf, like a lot of trees in spring, and fall is the favorite for many Americans because the leaves turn a deep red. Of course in summer it develops a rich deep green.
The canopy is wonderful and widespread, but not too dense especially if well maintained. The pink princess dogwood is as pretty as the other varieties, and all three make great berries that attract birds to the garden. The blossoms have very nice bracts with small clusters of yellow flowers, which will attract insects, and birds in the summer. In winter, small animals can use the 'fruit' or berry to sustain themselves with a supplement of sumac. The tree grows to about twenty or thirty feet, which is a respectable tree under any circumstances. Just about every nursery has flowering dogwood trees for sale, and they can give you advice about planting and care.
Here are some of the ways to care for your tree, and a guide for planting as well. The first season you plant your tree it is crucial for the well-being of your tree to water it well. Your tree should be planted early in spring as soon as the ground is sufficiently soft to dig the hole. Your kousa milkyway flowering dogwood, red flowering dogwood, white flowering dogwood, or pink princess dogwood generally take the same treatment.
The hole should be prepared before planting, and should be as deep as the root ball, and twice as wide as the ball. It should be planted in slightly acid soil, with lots of mulch, and good drainage. It's a good idea to use a plant additive such as seaweed, kelp or some commercial product to enhance the growth. The first year is the most stressful to your plant.
After you dig the hole, make a mound of mulch in the hole and spread out the roots so they can 'breathe' and then cover with the last layer with more mulch. Make sure the base of the tree where the roots start is at the general level of the soil.
After planting, the tree should never be allowed to get dry so water at least two times a week. Other tips are that in the spring make sure you use a horticultural oil spray to keep down mold, and keep in mind that your tree likes afternoon shade, to some degree. It likes dappled shade in the afternoon.
Other maintenance solutions to keep your tree healthy, are to prune your tree in order to prevent disease; and cut the pruning stubs back to the trunk. Check the leaves every year for disease as well. Be sure it gets lots of morning sun, and clear the canopy for better air circulation. A good time to make sure you've chosen a healthy tree, is to get a well branched tree in Autumn that has lots of foliage.
Contact your local nursery that carries flowering dogwood trees for sale.
Everyone gets excited when they go to the nursery over all the varieties and choices available, but the choice of an American dogwood tree is really the best. You're choosing a tree that's native to the country and it preserves the quality of the environment as well. So, you do many things when you choose native plants for the garden.
You also foster natural wildlife that needs sustenance for the winter, and won't find your trees toxic either. When you choose an American dogwood, the Japanese variety, which is not native, isn't competing with the same living space, and possibly introducing parasites that may be invasive. It's always a concern when you introduce foreign plants to a native environment, because extensive research hasn't been done in order to understand the impact very well.
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