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To: Clint N. Suhks
Buds should be set on both Cornus Florida (American Dogwood) and Cornus Kousa (Chinese/Korean Dogwood) by now. If there aren't buds, that isn't a good omen. Florida blooms in spring; Kousa blooms in early-to-mid summer.

Do you fertilize your lawn heavily w/ nitrogen around/near the tree? 3 numbers in a fertilizer, such 10-5-3. First is nitrogen for leaf growth; second is phosphorous for flowers/roots; third is potash for stem strength/disease resistance.

Too much lawn fertilizer leeching into tree roots will stymie flower buds and promote leaf growth.

Use your fingernail and lightly scratch stems near buds, ¼" or so, to see if the branches have green wood underneath the bark.

Green = good; brown = bad.

15 posted on 04/04/2013 3:28:45 PM PDT by carriage_hill (The most insidious power the news media has, is the power to ignore.)
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To: carriage_hill
My bad, I just went and looked and there are buds. But it's a very old tree, almost 40' tall. What I hang my lighted ornaments on at Christmas.
19 posted on 04/04/2013 3:41:25 PM PDT by Clint N. Suhks (The amount of ammo you need is determined after the gunfight.)
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