Q. Ia kousa dog wood which flowered beautifully this year but has gotten too large.

I pruned the top a few years ago but it did not bloom for the next 2-3 years. How can I make it smaller but not loose the blooms for next year


Dear Gardener:   Pruning immediately after bloom helps as the tree will not have formed the next years flowers.  However, care must be taken that you are not simply removing all the growing tips on the top of the tree and leaving stubs.  Try reducing the height of the tree by cutting back 1/3 of the tallest branches each year for three years.  This way you will save the growing and flowering branches and in three years  have a lower tree.  Maybe a good tree person would be helpful. 


  • Last Updated Jan 08, 2019
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  • Answered By Aska Gardener

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