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Thursday - May 14, 2015

From: Waccabuc, NY
Region: Northeast
Topic: Shrubs, Trees
Title: Dogwoods Late in Blooming
Answered by: Anne Van Nest

QUESTION:

We are seeing no evidence of flowers on two dogwoods this year. One usually is in bloom now, the other later on in the spring.

ANSWER:

Have patience. There are many factors that could delay your dogwood blooms including a longer than usual winter, cooler than normal spring, wetter spring, and cloudier weather. Keep a watch in your neighborhood to see if others have the same dogwoods in bloom yet.

 

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