London (change)

How to prune and propagate dogwoods


Joe Swift demonstrates how to prune and take hardwood cuttings from dogwoods.

Do it: winter to spring

Discuss this video

Talkback: How to prune and propagate dogwoods
Your comment will appear after a quick registration step

crystal2010 24/11/2011 at 15:27

How do I prune a camelia it quite big now and also a forsythe

thank you for a wonderful site crystal2010

margaret davison 16/04/2012 at 07:41

how late in the spring can I cut back my dogwood bushes, is mid april to late as they know have leaves.

obelixx 16/04/2012 at 08:37

We've just done all ours last week and there were leaves further up teh stems.  I always wait till mid April as we get heavy late frosts that can kill the wee buds left behind on the stumps.

As for propagating, Midwinter Fire suckers freely in my garden so I have new plants to give away every year.  Alba sibirica and its green and mahogany stemmed cousins layer very easily all by themselves if I let them so you could try layering some stems deliberately.   I've also pushed pencil thick stems of the rpunings into a slit trench in the veggie plot and made babies that way but, the last two years, spring droughts have meant they failed so this year I've stuck cut stems in water.  They look decorative in the house and, if any root, I'll just pot them up.

PippyD 10/02/2013 at 21:08

Great advice. Just what I needed as I thought I'd been over zealous with the pruning. Hope it pays off with great new stems next year!!

Clancy22 10/03/2013 at 15:11

I recently planted 3 'Midwinter Fire' shrubs, and I have been told that pruning them is not the same as pruning other Cornus shrubs, but getting advice on how to prune them has been difficult. So I am really pleased I watched Joe's video.

See more comments...