Trees planted together-what will happen if we just leave them?

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For some unknown reason, my husband planted two baby dogwoods together. In the same hole I believe. What will happen if we just leave them like that?

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  • Redcatcec Redcatcec on Jun 17, 2018
    One possibility is the trunks will grow too close together and bridge an area that will stay damp (from rain, dew, and shade)-like a pocket or valley. That area that would be an environment where decay, mold/fungus could develop.
    Another situation is the root systems of both might be crowded and compete for water, forcing the roots to surface.
    Best to you and your husband.

  • Dfm Dfm on Jun 17, 2018
    the trees will compete for nutrients and neither will thrive. When you plant a tree, you need to consider how big the tree will be at its maturity. All those nice green leaves above for shade? The roots are 3 times that large when the tree reaches maturity.

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Jun 17, 2018
    Hello Redxatcac, If you leave 2 x dogwoods together thy will grow together and only grow the size of one individual plant. Dogwoods are normally cut back hard in spring to encourage new growth for summer leaves and winter coloured stems . If like me you may like to pune back every other stem in spring so you get the best of both worlds.......

  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Jun 17, 2018
    They will not grow correctly,it may create possible disease, leaf drop age for lack of nutrients etc.