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Re: Red twig observation
  • Subject: Re: Red twig observation
  • From: "Judy Browning" <judylee@lewiston.com>
  • Date: Mon, 10 May 2010 23:20:35 -0700

They like water, good drainage, air circulation and forest understory conditions. Some of the newer ones do thrive in direct sun. Could be the birch is keeping that one a little drier or hogging nutrients? Different varieties? Is one a C. kousa? I don't recall seeing redtwig dogwoods in bloom. Maybe you have a sport. ---- Original Message ----- From: "james singer" <inlandjim1@q.com>
To: "Garden Chat" <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Monday, May 10, 2010 4:50 PM
Subject: [CHAT] Red twig observation

There are two red twig dogwoods on the homestead here. They were planted well before my sister bought the place so we have no clues about variety [or varieties, as the case may be]. They are planted next to each other, roughly 4 feet apart, on a line that runs pretty much east-west. The plant that is the farthest west is under the drip line of a birch; the other has no overhead cover. Mornings here are often [usually?] cloudy, drizzly, and so on. Afternoons are frequently sunny. Usually by the time the sun has broken through the gloomisphere, it has also passed beyond the top of the birch--the upshot being that neither shrub gets very much direct sunlight although the one under the birch dripline likely gets slightly less ambient light throughout the day but both appear to grow up and out at about the same rate. So here's the observation: The plant under the dripline blooms like crazy and the other... not so much.


Inland Jim
Willamette Valley

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