Q. When and how do I prune a red twig dogwood?
Prune to form a multistemmed plant with strong shoots emerging close to ground level. Plants can be cut back hard -- to within 6 inches in early to midspring. New growth begins in early to midspring. Annual pruning to remove the older wood and encourage production of new shoots and remove weak, thin, and diseased shoots is recommended. Remove congested stump growth to avoid overcrowding.