Problem with Cornus Controversa

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Mary Cox asked 11 years ago

My beautiful 15 year old Cornus Controversa Variagata has some dead branches on it this spring and other branches are quite sparse with buds growing up instead of laterally. The rest of the branches look quite healthy. Should I cut off the dead branches and the buds that are growing upwards. Do you think I could lose the tree. There is no sign of insect damage or any other damage on the tree.

1 Answers

Gerry Daly Staff answered 3 years ago
It is not unusual for an occasional branch to die back and these can be removed. Upward buds are normal .. the tree decides when it it time to grow upwards as well as out.

You can tie in branches into a desired position using canes and string. Taking them off after a year.