How To Propagate Dogwood Trees For Maximum Growth

Dogwoods are beautiful and popular ornamental trees that grace many gardens across the world. While there are several ways to propagate dogwood, in this post, we will focus on two simple methods: stem cuttings and layering.

Stem Cuttings Propagation

Stem cuttings propagation is a simple method of propagating dogwoods that involves taking a section or cutting from an existing tree and propagating it into a new plant.

Step 1: Preparation

To start, choose a healthy branch with at least three nodes (the point where leaves attach to branches) from your existing dogwood tree. Cut the branch just below a node with sharp sterilized pruning shears.

Step 2: Cutting Treatment

After you have taken the cutting, remove all leaves except for those at the top of each stem. Dip the bottom end about an inch deep into rooting hormone powder – this helps stimulate root development.

Step 3: Planting & Care

Plant each treated cutting in well-drained soil, ensuring that only one-third of it is buried underground while keeping it moist but not waterlogged. You can use plastic containers as small greenhouses until roots have developed before transplanting them outside or planting them directly in your garden bed.

Layering Propagation

Another method for propelling Dogwood is called Layering propagation – This technique involves rooting new plants while still attached to their parent stock by encouraging contact between growing stems with soil or another rooting medium. Once rooted, these shoots can be separated from their parent plant so they grow independently.

Step 1: Identification & Selection

Find any low-hanging branches or flexible stems close to ground level on your existing dogwood tree which could be used as potential candidates for layering propagation.

Step 2: Wounding

Use pruning shears to make small cuts along underneath sections then create longitudinal cuts vertically down through bark tissue immediately below these wounds without removing any bark material. Peel back the bark with a clean cut and ensure some of the cambium layer is visible.

Step 3: Planting & Care

Once prepared, place wound area down into soil or rooting medium where it will root. Moisture should be kept consistent but not wet until roots appear. Once established, you can gently lift rooted shoots from parent stock without damage before re-planting them in new locations.


Propagation is an excellent way to create beautiful dogwood trees while saving money by using existing plants! The two methods outlined above are simple and effective ways to propagate dogwoods. Remember, always take care when taking cuttings or wounding branches so you don’t hurt your plant’s health. Happy propagating!