Asked on Oct 02, 2017

How far should I cut my Red Twig Dogwood back when I transplant it?

Kim Hall
by Kim Hall
i will transplant when it goes dormant.
  9 answers
  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Oct 02, 2017

    Do not cut it back until next season before the new growth appears. Adding additional stress to the bush will cause it to go into shock.Make sure the roots are well watered after

  • Roxaneg Roxaneg on Oct 02, 2017

    You can safely cut to one-third of the dogwood's volume.

  • Nancy Nancy on Oct 03, 2017

    I have read that shrubs and trees should be pruned where the branches begin to grow horizontally. I have done this on many different shrubs and trees; even pear trees. At first they look like too much was taken off but when they grow they are beautifully shaped. I would trim after transplanting as there are less branches to keep alive and therefore, more of the plants energy can go to the roots. I do agree, must keep well watered after transplanting.

  • Nancy Nancy on Oct 03, 2017

    Regarding the above post: Additionally, I would trim the vertical branches in line with the horizontal branches that were trimmed.

  • Ser10100198 Ser10100198 on Oct 03, 2017

    It is safe to cut back to 12 - 24 ". Water well. With fewer branches the plant will not expend energy into branches and more will be used to establish the roots.

  • Pjo26908388 Pjo26908388 on Oct 03, 2017

    This type of dogwood is hardy and transplants easily. This is the perfect time of year to do it. Use a good transplant soil (very important) and water. Cut out any twigs/branches that criss cross, are dead/broken or impede the fan shape. New growth has the brightest color So landscapers often cut them severely.

    Give your dogwood a week or two to recover from transplant before major trimming, but thin out weird branches any time.

  • Leslie  Brown Leslie Brown on Oct 03, 2017

    Mine was a very vigorous grower. You can prune out the older, larger inner stems adding new vigor to the shrub. You can cut back to about 10 inches. You can also transplant suckers that come up around the main plant and/ or start new plants by burying an existing outer branch allowing it to grow roots.

  • 861650 861650 on Oct 03, 2017

    Just now I Googled, "how much to trim back on a red twig dogwood tree," and found a lot of information on your red twig. Check it out. Hope this helps.

  • Pat29114096 Pat29114096 on Oct 04, 2017

    You can cut your red twig dog wood back to a few inches or a foot or two in late winter to early spring. Cut out any dead wood, crossed branches, and spindly branches. Then cut back to buds on the remaining branches. I do a heavy prune every other year and the plants grow back thick and lush--and they grow up to approximately 8 feet tall in one season. If you are transplanting, dig a large root ball, then prune out any roots that are unhealthy--black or wiry. Water it well and often until it is established.