The recognised method of pruning the coloured-stemmed Dogwoods is stooling, or the hard cutting back of the stems in spring. The desired reaction to this is to produce a flush of new shoots that will be the more highly-coloured the following winter.
     Yes, that is the general reaction, but, allowing for the vigour, age, soil and position of the plant, in my experience there is a variance in the growth between the different varieties. Constantly, the variety that seems to almost revel in being cut back is CORNUS ALBA AUREA, the yellow-leaved dogwood. This rushes up in new shoots in no time and produces larger than normal leaves to produce a huge foliage plant. The other end of the ‘stem reaction’ is the variegated Siberian, CORNUS ALBA SIBIRICA VARIEGATA. I have applied the secateurs to several plants (different gardens, different sources) of this and all react very sluggishly, some positively sulking. The variegation obviously slows it down but what of CORNUS ALBA ELEGANTISSIMA?   This I find reacts the way you hope it will! However, what I find with this is that the size of leaf is almost the same as that of an unpruned specimen. 
     I have not read of these differences in reactions anywhere, not even the excellent pruning manual The Pruning of Trees, Shrubs and Conifers by George E Brown (now revised by Tony Kirkham). Has anyone else experienced this variance?


Hello world!

January 30, 2009

Welcome to  my first blog.  At last I have joined blognation and hope you enjoy my thoughts and views. 

This first one is something that I have pondering for a while now and have met with blank expresssions when voiced.  Is this because I have been seeing things or others have not?