How to Use Dogwood Trees in Your Landscape

Dogwood trees are becoming increasingly popular among garden landscapers as foundation trees because of their beautiful flowers and low maintenance. The name dogwood tree is the corrupt version of “dagger wood” tree. Dogwood trees produce red, pink and white colored flowers, which are indeed a sight to behold during the blooming season (in winters). Although there are more than 100 varieties of this tree, Cornus florida and Cornus kousa are mainly used for landscaping purposes.

Where to Plant Dogwood Trees

Dogwood trees thrive under shade; so if your garden already has lot of trees and you want to landscape it, dogwoods trees are the perfect choice. Since there are different varieties of dogwood trees producing different colored flowers, decide before hand which one you would like to plant in the garden. Color of your house and other landscapes in your garden are some of the important factors that should be considered before planting the dogwood tree. 

The ideal place for a dogwood tree is near the house or between tree clusters. This is important because dogwood trees tend to grow upright in full sunlight, whereas they grow sideways (in somewhat round shape) in shade. Therefore, you also need to consider the shape of the tree while landscaping the garden.