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Silky Dogwood Trees

Bob Weis

Bob Weis

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Approximately 4 years ago we planted 20 “Silky” Dogwood seedlings. The surviving 15 are now 5-6 feet tall. However, they have never bloomed. Does anyone know something about these trees and when they should start blooming? (Notes: A couple days after planting, all had their top 4-6 inches eaten by rabbits. However, they still grew – actually resulted in a more bush-like form. In the winter they seem to have the characteristics of the “red twig” dogwood. They are located in a mostly shaded area and have been watered but not fertilized.)
 
Darin

Darin

The Big Kahuna
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The order to which the dogwoods belong contains 4 families and about 150 species, about 100 of which are in the same family as dogwoods. The sour gum family contains three genera. The two other families both contain one genus. Members of the order vary greatly in flower structure, making the order difficult to characterize. The flowers are usually small, however, with the four or five sepals commonly reduced in size and forming a tube that is fused to the ovary (female flower part). A nectar-producing disk is usually present on the upper part of the ovary. Four or five petals are commonly found; they are not fused to one another. Occasionally, however, the petals are absent.

Yours must be the one where the petals are absent. Darn!!!

Hope this helps, got it out of a program I have.
Darin
 
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