A selection of a shrubby, suckering dogwood native to eastern North America, ‘Kelseyi’ is prized for its short stature and the color of its new stems, which glow red in the gloom and snow of winter when they are bare. A deciduous shrub, it produces many stems from its base at ground level, producing a thicket that makes a leafy mound. It spreads by stems that root where they touch the ground and by stems that arise from the roots. Some gardeners restrain and shape this dogwood by digging up the rooting…
Select a site with full sun to light shade and moist, well-drained soil. Some species prefer an acidic soil.
Plant in spring or fall. Space plants 6 to 20 feet apart, depending on the expected mature size of the plant. Dig a hole only as deep as the root ball and 2 to 3 times as wide. If your soil is in very poor condition, amend the soil you’ve removed from the hole with a small amount of compost. Otherwise don’t amend it at all. Carefully remove the tree from the container and set it in the hole. Fill in around the root ball with soil until the hole is about half filled. Then firm the soil and water thoroughly. Fill the hole with the remaining soil and water again. Form a raised ridge of soil around the outside edge of the hole so it acts like a berm to help hold in water.
Apply a layer of compost under the tree each spring, spreading it out to the dripline (the area under the outermost branches). Add a 2-inch layer of mulch to retain moisture and control weeds, keeping mulch a few inches away from the tree trunk. Water plants during the summer if rainfall is less than 1 inch per week. The trees require little pruning once established. In late winter, remove dead, diseased, and broken branches, and prune lightly to maintain shape.
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