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Pagoda Dogwood trees suffering #798539

Asked June 29, 2022, 11:50 AM EDT

I have two Pagoda Dogwood trees planted in late October 21 when I bought this house. House faces East. One in back yard with South and West sun, and some cover from a large silver Maple. The other in front yard with mostly South and some west and east sun with some cover from a tall honey locust tree. Both did great in the fall. Loved their spots. Since the summer, they are both suffering. Droopy leaves. I water them nightly in the heat, but they still suffer. I think I planted them in spots that have too much sun. I overestimated how much shade they would get from the trees above them, which are very tall. My question. I would like to move them to shadier spots in my yard where they would be healthier. I'm afraid they will just gradually die where they are. Can I move them now? What would you suggest?

Hennepin County Minnesota

Expert Response

Pagoda dogwoods can take some sun; usually 4-6 hours a day is sufficient.  The Univ. of Mn. recommends placing a  mulch covering around the base of the tree if it's planted in full sun.  

If your trees were containerized, the roots have probably not spread into the surrounding soil.  You can safely move them on a shady, cool day.  Provide them with lots of water.

If you like the location of the trees and are willing to add mulch and water them during hot periods, they can remain in their present locations.  As you suspect, however, a part-shade location will be more to their liking.

https://trees.umn.edu/pagoda-dogwood-cornus-alternifolia
Diane McGann Replied June 29, 2022, 8:47 PM EDT

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