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When doing this you will want to prune the stem completely.

Otherwise, late fall or early spring is the best time to prune variegated dogwoods. Additional dogwood trees or shrubs can be propagated using the pruned suckers to start a new plant. Jun 27, If your Dogwood shrub has become overgrown and unsightly, or just looks burnt out, in late winter you can cut back the entire shrub to about 10 inches above the ground. For hard or rejuvenating pruning, prune the older stems or canes in the late winter while the dogwood shrub is dormant.

For general shaping, prune the shrub right after it has finished blooming up to bushtrim.buzzted Reading Time: 6 mins. Feb 23, Prune them in late winter or early spring while they are still dormant. First remove any dead or damaged stems. In addition, remove Estimated Reading Time: 1 min. Nov 23, Prune red dogwood bushes in late fall after the leaves have dropped. The bush may also be pruned in early spring before new growth appears, but it should be dormant.

Jan 13, You can either cut back the old stems on these dogwoods or cut them down completely. For shrubby dogwoods, you can actually cut the dogwood down to the ground every few years to remove old stems and encourage the growth of new K. Variegated Dogwood: holes in leaves, dying plants. I have 3 variegated dogwood that were planted years ago.

Late last summer, they all developed multiple holes in the leaves. This spring, one has died, the other has just a few living branches, and the third has leafed out but looks bad. The leaves are coming out and quickly developing holes. Sep 09, Popular Dogwood Shrub Varieties. Most shrub-like dogwoods are in the Cornus genus and called dogwood, like Tatarian dogwood (Cornus alba).

This variety of dogwood grows to 10 feet (3 m.) tall and offers small yellow flowers in spring. However, most gardeners choose this shrub-like dogwood for its red-hued stems in winter.

Lookalikes: Dogwood borer M.A. Hansen, VPISU, Spot anthracnose and other leaf spots Leaf spots on flowering dogwoods are common and are usually only cosmetic. A common leaf spot is spot anthracnose with small reddish-purple spots along leaf veins and/or on flower petals (bracts), pictured on the left.

It is more prevalent in wet weather.