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The cutting costs a bit of overcoming, but in the yellowwood dogwood (Cornus sericea 'Flaviramea'), the courageous handle to pruning shears is worthwhile: The radical pruning of the dogwood stimulates the formation of new shoots and the bark shines especially beautifully. The pruning should be done during the dormancy, before the first new shoots show up.
The yellowwood dogwood shown here is like the well-known purple dogwood (Cornus alba 'Sibirica') very cut compatible. Both benefit from this once a year care program, because only the young shoots show the eye-catching color in full intensity. Forgotten branches look dull and less attractive.
Step by step: cutting back dogwood
The yellowwood dogwood may be heavily illuminated (left). First remove the thick shoots (right)
First remove all shoots that are older than three years, because after this time, the color and thus the ornamental value of the bark decline significantly. If you use a pruning shears instead of a saw, you will move forward quickly. The leverage of their long handles allows the soft wood to be cut easily and quickly.
Cut all intersecting branches (left) and shorten the already cut shoots if necessary (right)
Too close and intersecting branches are also illuminated. Start with the older shoots and leave only young branches. The shrub is now roughly cleared and you can easily approach the already cut shoots. Apply the scissors a second time and cut the branches as close as possible to the base. Thus, the trailing shoots receive a lot of light and air and can grow unhindered.
After pruning, only a few young shoots remain in the dogwood
This radical-looking cut rejuvenates the vigorous yellowwood dogwood and purple dogwood. Both drift vigorously in the spring and show themselves again in the coming winter as shining splendid specimens. Finally, cover the soil around the rootstock with a mulch layer. If the dogwood proliferates too much, you can tear out the soil shoots during the season.
Reuse shredded material
You should not throw away valuable materials - this also applies to the branches that are created after the cut. If you chop the clippings with the shredder, you get valuable mulch material for free. You can use a part of it directly for the freshly trimmed plant and spoil the Cornus with a portion of dogwood chaff as a ground cover. Also on the compost, the pruning residues are a valuable ingredient: it improves aeration and quickly decomposes into valuable humus.
Incidentally, instead of disposing of the clippings, you can easily multiply the red dogwood from one-year shoot sections, the so-called plywood.