Looking for something a little different? The Red Flowering Dogwood Tree is a must for your garden. Most homes in the neighborhood are filled with white dogwood trees and sometimes pink. But the Red Dogwood is much different! We have a hard time keeping them in stock.
The Red Dogwood Tree is ready to plant. Your tree will come already rooted in a container with soil ready for its new home in your yard. Its one of the first trees to let you know spring is here.
As each bud bursts out a dark pink red flower, they quickly cover the dogwood tree and bring some nice color to the yard. Don't worry about this tree getting too big. It will grow up to 20 feet but it can be managed in smaller areas by lightly pruning once or every year.
Dogwood trees are great when used in islands or raised beds. Plant some evergreen shrubs behind them in a hedge for a backdrop, and some colorful azaleas, or abelias in the front. The combinations are endless.
As spring passes, the red dogwood tree will leaf out with bright green leaves giving your area a lush soft texture through the summer. But, as fall approaches, look out. The leaves will start turning a brilliant burgundy color which gives it great fall interest.
This Red Dogwood Tree has many uses throughout the landscape. It also makes a great gift.
|Grows in Zones||5, 6, 7, 8, 9|
|Sunlight||Full Sun, Part Sun, Part Shade|
|Soil Type||Acidic, Adaptable, Well-drained, Fertile|
|Mature Height||20-30 Feet|
|Mature Width||20-30 Feet|
|Botanical Name||Cornus florida 'Cherokee Chief'|
Questions and Answers
Planting & Care
How to Plant & Care for Your new Red Dogwood Tree
When planting your Dogwood be sure you have the right location and conditions for your new tree to thrive. Spring and Fall are ideal times to plant. However, if you avoid freezing and hot temperatures you can plant almost any time of the year.
These trees tolerate full sun, part sun, and part shade and prefer soil that is well-drained, acidic, and nutrient rich. If you have alkaline soil, you can amend your soil. To acidify your soil, amend with compost, elemental sulfur, or use fertilizers specific for acid loving plants. Mulching with pine straw or pine bark will help over time as they begin to break down, but are not an immediate solution for increasing acidity. Mulching will also aid in keeping the shallow roots cool and moist. Add a layer of 2 to 3 inches of mulch. Do not allow the mulch to touch the trunk as this increases the chances of pests and disease. Dogwoods should be watered often enough that the soil does not dry completely, but is not saturated. Fertilize in early spring and when planting to give your tree a boost. Choose a slow release fertilizer for acid loving plants. When planting take care not to burn the roots by mixing the fertilizer into the soil before placing your tree in the hole. Dogwoods don't generally require pruning, but if needed prune when they are dormant to remove any dead, dying, or crowded branches.
The best way to prevent disease and pests is by providing the appropriate care for your plants. Proper location choice, watering and fertilization are the keys to your success. Avoid problems with Dogwood Borer insects by ensuring your tree remains free from damage, especially from lawn equipment. Mulching helps to keep weeds at bay which eliminates the need to use lawn equipment near your tree Borers look for a hole or weak spot to penetrate. Scale is an immobile insect that can affect Dogwoods. You can treat this pest with horticultural oil. Be sure to coat the entire tree. Powdery Mildew can be a problem in Dogwoods. When this disease occurs in late summer it isn't likely to cause any problems for your tree. Simply remove and discard the affected leaves when your tree sheds them. When Powdery Mildew occurs earlier in Spring, you can treat with a copper fungicide to control the spread of this disease. Spot Anthracnose is a common fungus of Dogwoods. This is often seen in extremely wet seasons. This disease is cosmetic and will not affect the overall health of your tree. If you have a problem with any fungal issues year after year, treat with a copper fungicide in early spring to prevent infection. Dogwood's branches that are crowded likely lack air flow and can greatly increase your risk of fungal issues. Thin out the branches when your tree is dormant to increase air flow.
Unpack all of your plants right away! Look for the perfect location. Make sure you are planting in the correct light conditions.
Dig a hole twice the width of the root ball. Position your plant in the hole. Make sure the top of the root ball is slightly higher than the original grade of the bed. Also check to make sure it is straight from all sides.
Fill up hole with water before placing new plant in hole in order to saturate the surrounding soil. Once the water is absorbed place your plant in the hole and water thoroughly.
Mix the potting soil and the soil removed from the hole. Start by backfilling soil around the root ball. Carefully pack in the soil to remove any air pockets. Water plant thoroughly again until the soil will not hold any more water. This will ensure that your new plant will be a success.
Fertilize around your plant with the amount recommended on the package. Our special Fertilizer contains all of the nutrients to keep your plants growing and healthy. Repeat every 3 months.
Finish up by mulching around your new plant. Apply 2 - 3 inches of mulch around the plant and plant bed. Mulch will help keep the soil moist and keep weeds out.
Keep watered with a hose every 2-3 days for 2 weeks. This is critical for plant survival. In the third week, begin to water as needed depending on the weather. Always check by placing your finger under the mulch to see if the soil is moist.
Shipping and Delivery
Most orders ship next business day. Please allow 1-3 business day to process and pack your order for shipping. View the Fedex shipping map below. Please note that Fedex ships Monday-Saturday only and shipping times on the map below are not guaranteed. West coast orders MAY be held until the following Monday to prevent additional transit time on sensitive plants. Your plants will be carefully packaged and shipped using Fedex.
You will receive a confirmation via email when Fedex picks up your shipment. Delivery emails are also sent when your package arrives. As soon as your package arrives, It is important to open your boxes and water your new plants thoroughly.
How much is shipping? Add all of your items to the cart. At checkout, your shipping price to ship your order will be displayed.
Each plant is carefully hand selected and packaged making sure that they will arrive ready to plant! We ship Fedex Home Delivery which will ensure you package will also be delivered on a Saturday.