Dogwoods and Redbuds

love_the_yard(z9A Jax FL)May 10, 2014

In Florida, dogwoods and redbud trees grow best as understory trees. They don't do well in direct, hot sun where they easily stress. They are happier in shifting, dappled shade and sunlight under taller trees. I have seven that all came from tiny 6" seedlings from under my mother's trees about four years ago. They are still too small to bloom but in a few more years, I hope they are pretty.

June 2010, after a couple of months in the ground. The garden was oh-so-young but I had to get my bones in first:

March 2011:

April 2012:

May 2013:

May 2014, along with Redbud #2 across the path behind it:

Redbud #3:

Redbud #4. Kara/karalynn, those are your blackberry lilies -from seed! - just below it. I'm gonna get blooms this year, I hope, I hope, I hope:

Dogwood #1:

Dogwood #2:

Dogwood #3:

Carol in Jacksonville

Awwww... so cute...

This post was edited by love_the_yard on Sat, May 10, 14 at 13:53

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You're inspiring me to pursue some dogwood. Do blackberry lilies (which I do have) need certain age to bloom or only lucky temperatures/rainfall?

    Bookmark   May 10, 2014 at 9:57PM
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love_the_yard(z9A Jax FL)

Hi Irma,

Yes, you should do it! If you know anyone with dogwood, they are very likely to have seedlings all around the base. If you move them by lifting roots and soil together, they transplant very easily with little-to-no shock. The standard "water in well" applies for a couple of weeks. I can't remember for certain but I don't think I showed these much extra love after a short acclimation period. Dogwoods and redbuds do great in the shade of taller trees (or planted on the east side of a tall building).

I don't know the answer to the blackberry lilies question. Mine came from seed that Karalynn sent me last summer. This is their first full season as grown plants. I must say, they sailed through winter and a low of 23.5 without protection and without blinking. Some websites say that the bloom time is July through fall but I don't know if age, temp and/or water are required to get them going. When mine bloom, I will post pictures. (I was gonna say "if" but I'm willing them on!)


    Bookmark   May 11, 2014 at 2:58PM
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love_the_yard(z9A Jax FL)

Walmart in Jacksonville has redbud trees for $9.99. They are about 4-5' tall.


This post was edited by love_the_yard on Mon, May 12, 14 at 22:22

    Bookmark   May 11, 2014 at 5:15PM
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Good luck with your plantings looks like they are getting along well. My father had a nice dogwood at his house that had been planted by the previous owner...that was in the Plant City area.

I tried redbuds a few years back. I planted 3 and one died each year for 3 years :-(. But I didn't know that they were understory plants so that might have been the issue especially since I'm on the boarder line zone wise.

again...good luck and happy growing.

    Bookmark   May 13, 2014 at 6:34AM
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love_the_yard(z9A Jax FL)

Oh, Laura, I'm so sorry you lost your trees. Redbuds are easily susceptible to pests and disease. I think if you grow them in shade they may have a better chance? I love them for both their blooms and their heart-shaped leaves. I meant to get a picture this past spring when the new leaves came out but I missed it. There were all these tiny little lime-green hearts strung up and down the branches like dew drops. They were so cute!

Below is a link to the University of Florida info.

The Walmart trees are pretty affordable. The hard part might be planting the root ball between the roots of a bigger tree. (That is the beauty of starting with seedlings!)

If you get one, please post a picture.


Here is a link that might be useful: Eastern Redbud

    Bookmark   May 13, 2014 at 7:48AM
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carolb_w_fl(zone 9/10)

Blackberry lilies are certainly hardy & prolific here - they've formed dense clumps & reseeded in various locations around my yard - I have to pull the seedlings like weeds now. Super easy to transplant as well.

    Bookmark   May 13, 2014 at 10:28AM
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