A Chinese Dogwood tree, botanical name Cornus kousa, that fails to bloom or make flowers of any kind is a very common problem. People ask me all the time; “Why doesn’t it bloom, and what can I do to make it bloom?”
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If you have a Chinese dogwood that has yet to bloom, even after several years in your yard, there’s really not much you can do to make it bloom other than wait it out.
The short answer is; “It’s the nature of the beast.” They often take anywhere from five to seven years to make flowers. Sometimes as long as ten years!
There are varieties that bloom much sooner, but if you don’t happen to have one of those varieties, I can assure you your tree will bloom and more than likely it will bloom beautifully. But only when it’s ready.
Here’s the problem, this is where the plan went wrong.
Chinese Dogwood, Cornus kousa, are fairly easy to grow from seed and hundreds of thousands of them are grown from seed annually.
A Chinese Dogwood grown from seed is the most generic form of Cornus Kousa in the plant kingdom, and they are the ones that take many years before they make flowers.
‘Milky Way’ is a Chinese Dogwood variety that is an early bloomer.
Milky Way Chinese Dogwood is famous for its ability to bloom when very young.
But most seedlings are not Milky Way, or worse yet they might have been grown from seed collected from a Milky Way Chinese Dogwood, but only some of those seedlings carry that true Milky Way gene that makes them bloom early and bloom prolifically.
As the seedlings grow out they are observed and the really good ones are sold as Milky Way Seedlings. The others are just grown out and sold as regular Cornus Kousa.
So if your Chinese Dogwood doesn’t want to bloom, it’s safe to assume that your tree is not a Milky Way. Like I said, yours will still bloom, but you have to be patient and let it do its thing.